Collecting Contemporary African Art: Zeitz MOCAA and Collectionair

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 Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town. Photo: Jonathan David Piercy

At the end of this September, the groundbreaking Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA) opened its doors in Cape Town, South Africa and changed the game. African Art has now been elevated to center stage in a museum that rivals the Guggenheim. As the spotlight shines on contemporary african artists, explore the museum and ways for you to start collecting.

Silo structure interior: Photo: the museum

Termed “Africa’s Tate Modern” by The Guardian, Zeitz MOCAA is a not-for-profit public museum. Opened as a place for African and Diaspora artists to not only be represented in the higher stages of the art world but to also has a say in that voice. The museum is anchored by its permanent collection, provided on long-term loan by its German patron Jochen Zeitz (former CEO of Puma). The museum also hosts space for temporary exhibitions, and six research centres across diverse art disciplines. Additionally, Zeitz MOCAA features Roger Ballen’s entire archives, donated by his foundation.

Built in a converted 1920’s grain silo, the museum is also architectural delight with 80 gallery spaces and vast open spaces, designed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick. It is managed by the V&A Waterfront.

Nandipha Mntambo’s solo exhibition, Material Value. Photo: the museum
Zanele Muholi's 'Faces & Phases' series. Photo: the museum

Set to be the biggest global stage for African art, attention from the art world and worldwide news outlets are firmly on Zeitz MOCAA. Hoping to change the dialogue on African art, opening such a grand stage casts a spotlight on generations of African and Diaspora artists whose works could have otherwise been forgotten. In such a prestigious stage, artists can work to change the dialogue from the past to the future and to a conversation.

Start Collecting African Art Today

We at Collectionair take a great interest and passion in Contemporary African Art. This passion has lead to our newest project. We are launching an exciting collaboration with long-time contemporary African art champion Magnin-A for our newest Collectionair Editions. This art portfolio, Collectionair Editions: Shape Shifters, features 11 contemporary African artists, each showcasing one work in a diverse collection of 11 inkjet prints. Each artwork is printed on museum-quality Bright White Hahnemüehle 310g paper and signed by the artist.

Chéri Samba, J'aime la couleur, 2004. Bright White Hahnemühle 310g on Epson. Signed by the artist and numbered by Collectionair. 40 x 60 cm. Edition of 50. $450

This special portfolio, Collectionair Editions: Shape Shifters, features both established and up-in-coming African artists. The artists showcasing their artworks are Chéri Samba, Vincent Michéa, JP Mika, Monsengo Shula, Steve Bandoma, Amadou Sanogo, Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Kura Shomali, Filipe Branquinho, Houston Maludi, and William Adjété Wilson.

This portfolio offers the everyday collector the chance to cherish high-quality artworks that grace museum walls all over the world. Chéri Samba’s  J’aime la couleur is housed in Paris’ Fondation Louis Vuitton and his work can also be seen at Zeitz MOCAA. JP Mika has exhibited at FIAC, Art Genève, 1:54 – Contemporary African Art Fair, and is in the permanent collection at Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain.

William Adjété Wilson, Wow, 2017. Bright White Hahnemühle 310g on Epson. Signed by the artist and numbered by Collectionair. 60 x 40 cm. Edition of 50. $350
JP Mika, Beauté Scooter, 2016. Bright White Hahnemühle 310g on Epson. Signed by the artist and numbered by Collectionair. 60 x 40 cm. Edition of 50. $450

Available as a single portfolio or individual prints, Collectionair Editions: Shape Shifters portfolio can be your starting point into collecting contemporary African art.

For more information about Zeitz MOCAA, visit their website at



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