Not long ago, I blogged about places in Cape Town I still needed to visit. When I wrote it, it was just kind of whimsical. Like…”Flip, it would be nice if some day, somehow I got to do these awesome things the next time I’m in Cape Town.” Then, last week, I did one of them! And, it was great that I’d written the blog because, the whole time I was doing the thing, I was thinking about how I was doing it when I’d blogged about it. It was full circle. True appreciation. It was a bit of an Oprah moment for me. And no one loves Oprah like I do. Oprah should come to the Zeitz MOCAA.
So, a sad situation had me motoring through to Cape Town last week for a few days. On the Wednesday, I had a few hours to kill. Imagine my complete elation, the unadulterated thrill that I felt when I heard that Zeitz MOCAA allows African visitors to visit for free on Wednesdays! It was my day! It was really happening. To be honest, I would’ve paid the entrance fee of R190 anyway, because I really wanted to see this. But, I mean, if I didn’t HAVE to…
So, the thing that got me the most excited was that this was built in an old grain silo that had been converted. But, it’s beyond explanation. It hasn’t just been converted…it’s been changed. It’s modern, eerie, cool, and just different to anything I’ve seen or anywhere I’ve been. The space is beautiful. It’s breath-taking, really. And it’s so humbling. I felt so small. But, at the same time, I felt like I was part of the workings of something so special. Hard to explain, really.
The exhibits range from modern to classic, from absolutely weird, to absolutely exquisite; and everything in-between. There’s a restaurant at the top, which has awesome views of the City Bowl and dishes that sounded really delicious. But, I was too excited to see the exhibits; I’ll have to go back some time to sample the goods. There’s also a little shop on the ground floor. Here, you can find some of the artwork, as well as unique arts and crafts – really beautiful stuff. I guess, if you’re paying in dollars, pounds and euros, it’s affordable. The rand values were a bit steep for me, but it’s a tourist spot. And I hadn’t factored a trip to CT into my budget, so I wasn’t ready.
Rather than try to explain the experience in words, I’ll share a bit of the beauty of the Zeitz MOCAA exhibits with you (but, please know that I just can’t capture the magic on an iPhone camera. It’s an experience):