Africa’s first museum dedicated to design, and Johannesbur
The Museum of African Design is the first museum on the African continent dedicated to design. A cultural hub, rather than a collecting institution, “MOAD” devotes itself to exploring the ever-changing African continent and diaspora.
The MOAD property (a former automotive “panel-beater”) was purchased by Propertuity Pty., the developers of the Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg, in 2011. The space has hosted numerous gallery exhibitions and events. In June of 2013 renovation began on the site to accommodate more parking and building upgrades. The Museum of African Design will officially open at the end of October 2013.
MOAD’s vision for the future as a unique institution in South Africa, is to create a space where cultural engineers from across the continent can come and share their ideas and work. Through exhibitions, outreach, and partnerships with creative spaces across Africa and institutions around the world, MOAD is becoming a platform for creativity and innovation.
As Johannesburg’s own relationship with the rest of Africa changes, MOAD is positioned as a conduit for culture and ideas: a cultural laboratory, the Museum of African Design aspires to bring contemporary Africa to international audiences.
MOAD is in the center of South Africa’s most exciting transformation – the Maboneng Precinct – South Africa’s first arts and design neighbourhood. Started in 2009, and fueled by some of the world’s most creative minds (like William Kentridge), the neighborhood is bringing people back into Johannesburg to live, work, and play.
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