Spanning over 100 galleries and utilising 6500 sq meters of exhibition space, Zeitz MOCAA’s opening programme will feature works from both the Zeitz Collection and the Zeitz MOCAA permanent collection.

The Zeitz Collection was founded in 2002 by business entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz and is one of the most representative collections of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Its mandate is to collect and preserve contemporary cultural artefacts of Africa. The Zeitz Collection is held and exhibited in spaces such as Switzerland, Spain, South Africa, and through an extensive presentation of art at Segera Retreat in Kenya.

“I built my collection with a museum in Africa always in mind – the fact that these works will now be accessible to all is a very emotional thing for me personally and ultimately gives the art true purpose,” said Jochen Zeitz, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman.

The Zeitz Collection collaborates on an ongoing basis with the Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety. As part of the 4Cs philosophy (conservation, community, culture, commerce) the Zeitz Foundation supports creative activities that strengthen intercultural relationships and understanding, and raise awareness of cultural diversity, and inspires others to act in kind.

The opening exhibitions will utilise all of the 100 galleries over seven floors of the museum, spanning some 6500 sq metres. Zeitz MOCAA will be open Wednesday to Monday from 10am to 6pm. Under 18s will have free entry to the museum with free entry being provided to citizens of African countries between 10am and 1pm.