The Zeitz museum of Contemposity Art Africa in Cape Town is one of those new additions that has to attract tourists.
A few personal notes:
- Architect Thomas Heatherwick (UK) performed an almost impossible task to transform old concrete silos into a state of the art museum and hotel with maintaining the origin designation in its look.
- The exhibited art reminds me to the ‘revolutionary art’ of the sixties (inspired by student revolts etc.) with the difference that what’s on display in Zeitz is more polished (thanks to modern technology) and shows more guns and violence (African interpretation). Artists like Jean-Luc Godard, Yoko Ono and Wim T. Schippers must have been inspiring the African artists. But there are also some surprises like a few video installations and black and white portraits. But bricks and bottles hanging on a ceiling, for example; have seen that numerous times in the far away past. That only adds to the general excepted perception that Cape Town is one of the three main copy-cat cities in the world.
Some of the architectural details (tomorrow a bit of art)