Cape Town grain silo turned into Africa's largest art museum

An old grain silo on the V&A Waterfront of Cape Town, South Africa has been transformed into the largest archive space for African artists on the continent.

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art (Zeitz Mocaa) was developed as a home for the extensive collection of African Art belonging to German Businessman, Jochen Zietz and will be growing its acquisitions from the continent's wealth of artists.

The museum has nine floors, 80 galleries and a rooftop sculpture garden and was designed by British architect, Thomas Heatherwick.

Many of Africa's top artists have exported their work abroad to find notoriety but the Zeitz Mocaa and its grand architecture is hoping to peak the fascination of art enthusiasts around the world, to come to Africa to see African art.

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A sculpture by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo dominates the main hall in The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town on September 15, 2017. This museum which is the first of it's kind on the African continent, was created out of old corn silos in the harbour district. / AFP PHOTO / Rodger BOSCH / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
A visitor walk past an artwork by artist Lungiswa Gqunta hanging in The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town on September 15, 2017. This museum which is the first of it's kind on the African continent, was created out of old corn silos in the harbour district. / AFP PHOTO / Rodger BOSCH / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman takes photographs in the basement level in The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town on September 15, 2017. This museum which is the first of it's kind on the African continent, was created out of old corn silos in the harbour district. / AFP PHOTO / Rodger BOSCH / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors look at a sculpture by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo which dominates the main hall in The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town on September 15, 2017. This museum which is the first of it's kind on the African continent, was created out of old corn silos in the harbour district. / AFP PHOTO / Rodger BOSCH / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
A visitor walks on a stairway in The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town on September 15, 2017. This museum which is the first of it's kind on the African continent, was created out of old corn silos in the harbour district. / AFP PHOTO / Rodger BOSCH / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
A sculpture by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo dominates the main hall in The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town on September 15, 2017. This museum which is the first of it's kind on the African continent, was created out of old corn silos in the harbour district. / AFP PHOTO / Rodger BOSCH / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
Patron of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art Jochen Zeitz speaks at the media opening of The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town on September 15, 2017. This museum which is the first of it's kind on the African continent, was created out of old corn silos in the harbour district. / AFP PHOTO / Rodger BOSCH / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
This photograph shows a general view of the exterior of The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town on September 15, 2017. This museum which is the first of it's kind on the African continent, was created out of old corn silos in the harbour district. / AFP PHOTO / Rodger BOSCH / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
A sculpture by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo dominates the main hall in The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town on September 15, 2017. This museum which is the first of it's kind on the African continent, was created out of old corn silos in the harbour district. / AFP PHOTO / Rodger BOSCH / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
A visitor takes a photograph of an artwork by South African artist Zanele Muholi in The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town on September 15, 2017. This museum which is the first of it's kind on the African continent, was created out of old corn silos in the harbour district. / AFP PHOTO / Rodger BOSCH / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
A visitor takes photos of an artwork by South African artist Kendell Geers, during the media opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa on September 15, 2017 in Cape Town. / AFP PHOTO / Rodger BOSCH / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LAWRENCE BARTLETT A builder looks at a grain silo on the construction site of the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa on June 13, 2014. On Cape Town's waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world's biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high. The $50 million (36.7 million euro) project to transform the grim functionality of 42 disused colonial grain silos into an ultramodern tribute to African creativity is driven by an international team of art experts and architects. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 21: Jochen Zeitz the former CEO of PUMA (l), a philanthropist and collector of African art, stands with the Executive Director of Zeitz MOCAA Mark Coetzee in their temporary office on February 21, 2017 at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA) museum will open in 2017 with about 6,000 square meters (65,000 square feet) will be dedicated to exhibition space, on nine floors. The English architect Thomas Heatherwick has designed the museum. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LAWRENCE BARTLETT Builders work on the construction site of the grain silos at the Cape Town Waterfront being converted into the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa on June 13, 2014. On Cape Town's waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world's biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high. The $50 million (36.7 million euro) project to transform the grim functionality of 42 disused colonial grain silos into an ultramodern tribute to African creativity is driven by an international team of art experts and architects. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LAWRENCE BARTLETT Builders work on the construction site of the grain silos at the Cape Town Waterfront, being converted into the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa on June 13, 2014. On Cape Town's waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world's biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high. The $50 million (36.7 million euro) project to transform the grim functionality of 42 disused colonial grain silos into an ultramodern tribute to African creativity is driven by an international team of art experts and architects. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LAWRENCE BARTLETT Builders work on the construction site of the grain silos at the Cape Town Waterfront being converted into the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa on June 13, 2014. On Cape Town's waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world's biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high. The $50 million (36.7 million euro) project to transform the grim functionality of 42 disused colonial grain silos into an ultramodern tribute to African creativity is driven by an international team of art experts and architects. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LAWRENCE BARTLETT Builders work on the construction site of the grain silos at the Cape Town Waterfront being converted into the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa on June 13, 2014. On Cape Town's waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world's biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high. The $50 million (36.7 million euro) project to transform the grim functionality of 42 disused colonial grain silos into an ultramodern tribute to African creativity is driven by an international team of art experts and architects. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LAWRENCE BARTLETT Builders are seen through a window on the construction site of the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, on June 13, 2014. On Cape Town's waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world's biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high. The $50 million (36.7 million euro) project to transform the grim functionality of 42 disused colonial grain silos into an ultramodern tribute to African creativity is driven by an international team of art experts and architects. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LAWRENCE BARTLETT A man walks next to a building whose glass exterior reflects an image of the construction site of the grain silos at the Cape Town Waterfront being converted into the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa on June 13, 2014, in Cape Town, South Africa. On Cape Town's waterfront at the southern tip of Africa, the world's biggest museum of contemporary art from across the continent is being carved from a conglomeration of concrete tubes nine storeys high. The $50 million (36.7 million euro) project to transform the grim functionality of 42 disused colonial grain silos into an ultramodern tribute to African creativity is driven by an international team of art experts and architects. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
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