The sheer scale of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) is a statement. With undulating walls like a mountain fortress, the hulking 1920s grain silo on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront — once the tallest building south of the Sahara — re-opens this week as the world’s largest museum of 21st-century art from the continent and its diaspora. Softly protruding "pillow" windows reflecting Table Mountain become a lantern at night. A new beacon for art, Zeitz will guide and dazzle. Inside the soaring space-age atrium, I watched installers suspended like astronauts alongside an airborne dragon of rubber inner-tubing, ribbon and bone. The mythological crooner of deathly Xhosa lullabies, created by Capetonian Nicholas Hlobo for the 2011 Venice Biennale, is among the art the museum aims to preserve for the continent. The fate of the Benin bronzes is on the mind of its South African executive director and chief curator, Mark Coetzee, "now that museums around the world have woken up to ...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now