V&A Waterfront recently announced that they have partnered with former CEO of Puma, Jochen Zeitz, to open Africa's first major contemporary African art museum in Cape Town, South Africa. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) will open sometime in 2016 inside the historic Grain Silo with the Zeitz Collection as its founding and permanent collection.

The museum will spread 9,500 square meters throughout nine floors with 6,000 square meters of exhibition space. It seems a little odd that a space like this doesn't already exist on the continent, but it is great that the V&A Waterfront and Zeitz recognized the need for one and are working to fill the void. V&A Waterfront CEO David Green called the museum "a gift to the nation" and said that its position on the Waterfront (the most visited in Africa) will create "a social nexus for all Capetonians, South Africans and international visitors who take joy in celebrating culture."

Until renovations to the 92-year-old structure are complete, a temporary exhibition space named the Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion has been opened on the Waterfront as a sort of preview of what's to come.

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[via NYTimes]