Welcome to our Summer 2017 Issue, which we’ve dedicated to all things from Africa, for Africa and to the world.
As you read this, the magnificent Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) has opened its doors to the public and the most important cultural experience on our continent so far this century is in full swing. This historical grain silo complex at the V&A Waterfront has been transformed into a home for 21st century contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. It’s been a long time coming – 12 years, to be exact – and architect Thomas Heatherwick wanted it to be unlike anything else in the world. And boy, did he succeed!
This building with its striking multi-faceted windows is an important landmark at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, but it is the colossal inner atrium of the museum that takes your breath away. Crafted by sculptors alongside contractors and engineers, it is in itself a work of art.
I am delighted to live in a city with a museum that will ensure the people of Africa have access to art created by African artists. As contemporary artist Nandipha Mntambo says, “Zeitz MOCAA is a first for Africa, and it is going to change how people view art.”
Other African gems that have to be on your bucket list right now are Zambezi House Bar and Canteen, a hip new hangout on the banks of the Zambezi River in Vic Falls, and the recently refashioned Singita Sweni Lodge in a private concession in the Kruger National Park. Both celebrate an African design aesthetic that takes its cues from the sights, smells, tastes and colour palettes of the surrounding bush.
Don’t miss out – allow Africa to inspire you right now!