Major donation and charity auction in support of the new Cape Town museum Zeitz MOCAA

Roger Ballen, Head Inside Shirt, 2001. Courtesy Roger Ballen Foundation Rendering of Zeitz MOCAA on the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, by Heatherwick Studio

Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town’s first museum of contemporary African art set to open in September 2017, has announced a major donation to its collection, as well as a charity auction of works donated by artists in support of the museum.

The Roger Ballen Foundation has made a significant financial endowment to the institution, to support the ongoing exhibition, programming and educational costs of the museum’s Centre for Photography, which is to be named after the foundation. The donation also includes major elements from the foundation’s own collection to go into Zeitz MOCAA’s permanent collection, including work by photographer Roger Ballen.

In addition, a benefit auction of works donated by international artists (including El Anatsui, Roger Ballen, Yto Barrada, Peter Beard, Eamonn Doyle & Niall Sweeney, Frances Goodman, Kendell Geers, Antony Gormley, Rashid Johnson, Isaac Julien, Harland Miller, Athi-Patra Ruga, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Pascale Marthine Tayou) will go on sale at Christie’s London on 8 March at the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction. The proceeds will be used towards the development and sustainability of Zeitz.

Zeitz MOCAA was established in 2013 through a partnership between the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and Jochen Zeitz, whose collection acts as the founding collection of the museum. Under the helm of chief curator Mark Coetzee, the museum will open in the transformed heritage listed Silo building, repurposed through a design by Heatherwick Studio, in the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront.

16 February 2017