Decades in the making and finally opening its doors on September 22nd, the Zeitz MOCAA has sold 24.000 tickets already. Not surprising as the building itself is well worth a visit! The entrance hall alone is an absolute showstopper, a 27-metre-high, cathedral-like atrium with a glass ceiling that also serves as a roof terrace with a sculpture garden. Not an easy conversion, the massive walls of the 42 former grain silos had to be hollowed out to create space for the museum.

The old grain silos had been sitting empty for almost two decades. A prime piece of real estate right in the middle of the touristy Victoria & Albert Waterfront, it had long been decided to bring a big cultural center here. However, negotiations with the Guggenheim, the Tate and Saatchi all fell through and when architect Thomas Heatherwick signed on to do the design it was still unclear what the building was actually going to be. Former Puma CEO, Africa lover and conservationist Jochen Zeitz – apparently he speaks seven languages including Swahili – didn’t mess about once he saw the building: within 30 seconds he had pledged his huge African art collection for at least the next 20 years.

The work on display includes pieces by Kudzarai Chiurai from Zimbabwe, El Loko from Togo, and Mouna Karray from Tunisia to name a few. There’s also an entire floor devoted to a retrospective of Nandipha Mntambo.  The Swaziland-born, South Africa-based artist has become famous for her cowhide sculptures, often using her own body as a mould. Nandipha said in an interview with Between10and5 that she was actually planning to be a forensic scientist before she became an artist.
As it turned out, Nandipha changed her mind and applied to the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town instead. Her interest in chemistry and taxidermy came in handy when she was looking to find a medium to express herself: cow hide!  Not interested in being “that cowhide chick” over the past few years Mntambo has also turned to painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography video and recently she mentioned that she might start working with sound.

Of course not everybody is happy about the new museum: it’s a bold statement to be THE art museum for an entire continent. Then again: it’s a start!

Have you been to the MOCAA yet? Let us know!

Wear your Shine!

Aren’t these fabrics FAB?! There’s a whole line, including backpacks, trays, cushions, caps and coasters. They make me want to redecorate my entire house in happy, positive colours! The bright colours, the modern twist on African folk art and the very happy vibe are what mark these designs out as Shine Shine. eFoodies spoke to creative director Tracy Rushmere: “I love seeing people wearing their shine”

How did you come up with Shine shine?

“One of the things I love about Africa is how it has its own way of doing things – it appropriates rather than emulates .
The name Shine shine exemplifies the part of Africa that inspires me. Shine shine has a sense of humour and doesn’t take itself too seriously.”


How does the design process work?
“I have always been drawn to beautiful and quirky things. Inspired by the political and commemorative cloths of Africa I partnered with designer Heidi Chisholm to create a more contemporary take on this textile tradition. I feel we work brilliantly together – I love how she thinks!”

How did you get into designing fabrics?
“Since university I have traveled a lot and I got interested in folk art from various countries, so I ended up working in folk art stores and galeries. So when I returned to South Africa I did the same. Textiles tell a story – Shine shine was a way of communicating a funkier, more urban story.
My brother, Grant Rushmere, developed a coffee brand called Afro, and we created a few textile designs to add context to the brand. I loved the experience and Shine shine was the next step.

So what is in your future?
“I have never been a planner, I simply fly by the seat of my pants. It works perfectly for me.”

Let that be an inspiration to us all ;-)) More about Shine Shine here  and where to buy here!

Diamonds in the rough: Cape Town’s stunning street art

I do love street art, it is such a great way for artists to express and it can really pick up a drab building! Diamonds Inside is a project by the Spanish artist collective Boa Mistura. They painted a series of stunning images on the walls in Woodstock as part of the Art Woodstock Event. I think they are absolutely amazing, so do go check them out, but they are by no means the only artists who express themselves on Cape Towns many walls! Check out some of our favourites:

If you’d like to see more wonderful Cape Town Street Art check out our eFoodies Pinterest!

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