Ten Thousand Waves, the nine-screen installation by Isaac Julien, pictured here while on display at the Museum of Modern Art, will be part of MOCAA’s permanent collection and be featured in MOCAA’s atrium. Other highlights include pieces from Africans from all over the continent and the diaspora, including work by Kudzanai Chiurai, Nandipha Mntambo, Edson Chagas, and Zanele Muholi. Mark Coetzee, the collection’s curator, is originally from South Africa and says building a contemporary art museum in Africa is a dream come true. “I’ve always wanted to do this since I was a kid,” Coetzee says. “Normally collectors collect what they collect, and at a certain point, they say ‘Let’s start a museum,’” he says. By contrast, Jochen Zeitz gave Coetzee the go-ahead to build a collection with the scale and ambition for a museum from the outset.
Photo courtesy: Isaac Julien