Ahead of its Grand Opening during South Africa Heritage Weekend in September 2017, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) today announced that it is the recipient of a major gift from the Roger Ballen Foundation to the museum’s endowment to establish and support a Centre for Photography.
The gift is the largest financial donation received by the museum, to date, from a Foundation. The investment of the donation will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the museum now, and for generations to come, and will also ensure a committed focus on photography as part of Zeitz MOCAA’s mission.
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.
“It has been my great desire to contribute to the understanding of photography in South Africa in the country that I call home,” said Roger Ballen. “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.”