Artistic Support

With the upcoming grand opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), taking place during Heritage Week in September, it will make 2017 one the most important years in the establishment and growth of African art, making it one of the biggest museums on the Afrian continent.

In an effort to encourage and contribute towards the medium of photography in South Africa, influential artist Roger Ballen and his Foundation have gifted Zeitz MOCAA with a donation that will go towards the logistical support and sustainability of its Centre for Photography.

Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography

The gift was announced to be the largest financial donations received by the museum so far and it will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the museum as well as for the upcoming generations – ensuring a committed focus on the medium photography of South Africa. Not only does the donation include the largest financial gift to Zeitz MOCAA’s endowment to date, it also includes one signed edition of all work produced by Roger Ballen from 1968–1982 donated to the museum’s collection as well as Roger Ballen’s signed work from now until the artist’s death donated to the museum’s permanent collection.

The Roger Ballen Foundation donation will support the ongoing logistical, exhibition, programming and educational costs of a Centre for Photography. It will include a substantial donation of works to the museum’s permanent collection. An incredibly generous and propitious support of the arts. ‘It has been my great desire to contribute to the understanding of photography in South Africa in the country that I call home, by donating my archive and finance to Zeitz MOCAA. I wish to commit to the ongoing success of this important museum in Africa and ensure that photography is guaranteed a place in the museum’s activities,’ says Ballen.

See more of Roger Ballen’s Theatre of Apparitions here, and Theatre of the Mind here.

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