Zeitz: Cape Town's Newest Art Museum Is a Waterfront Grain Silo

The Zeitz Museum is Africa's largest contemporary art museum.

Cape Town is officially a contemporary art hotspot. 

The Zeitz Museum, opening Sept. 22, is home to the largest collection of contemporary art in Africa; it focuses solely on 21st-century works by African artists and general admission is free through Sept. 25 to celebrate the opening.

Zeitz Museum Cape Town South Africa

It brilliantly combines the old with the new: the 102,000-square-foot facility stands on the site of a historic grain silo on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the most popular attraction in Africa. Zeitz is home to more than 100 galleries spread out over nine floors; the galleries and cathedral-like atrium were carved from the silo's 42 tubes with 65,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Zeitz Museum Cape Town, South Africa

Temporary installations stand alongside the museum's permanent exhibitions. Among the temporary exhibitions are "Harvest" (through January 15, 2018), created for the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, in which large paintings and sculptures question society's dependence on the land; "Luanda: Encyclopedic City," (through January 13, 2018) that has 23 stacks of 5,000 mass-produced images from photographer Edson Chagas; and "Regarding the Ease of Others"  (through March 31, 2018), a look at how African society emerged after colonial rule. 

The sixth-floor restaurant affords 270-degree views of the city and a rooftop sculpture garden gives additional sensory delights. The museum also houses a bookshop, reading rooms and a costume institute. 

Gallery: Zeitz Museum Exhibits

All images Courtesy Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa