The annual event themed ‘Art & Opulence’ is inspired by a new exhibition and is a
celebration of global Black experience
Gala to take place in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday, 19 November 2022
Presented by Gucci

(Cape Town, 5 April 2022): Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) and
longstanding partner Gucci are pleased to announce the museum’s first annual fundraiser event to
be held on Saturday, 19 November 2022. Inspired by When We See Us, the new exhibition opening at
the institution on November 20, the gala, themed “Art & Opulence”, will see notable figures from the
art, fashion, film and entertainment industries join Zeitz MOCAA to celebrate contemporary art
from Africa and its diaspora.
Gucci has long been a supporter of the arts and this partnership speaks to the House’s commitment
to promoting culture and preserving heritage. The Zeitz MOCAA x Gucci Gala marks a return for the
museum’s continuous fundraising efforts and is set to become an annual highlight on the social
calendar of the African continent.
“The Zeitz MOCAA Gala and its theme is a celebration of excellence, triumph and affirmation of the
global Black experience, and is true to our relationship with the larger art and culture field,” says
Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Zeitz MOCAA. “We are thankful for our
long-standing partnership with Gucci. At a time when many institutions across the globe are
continuing to feel the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this event provides Zeitz MOCAA with an
opportunity to further its goals and continue to strive towards access for all and the education and
celebration of art from Africa and its diaspora.”
A Celebration of Black Excellence
The When We See Us exhibition is a large-scale, global exploration of Black self-representation
through figurative painting and portraiture spanning more than a century. In the lead-up to the
exhibition opening, the museum will host various programmes that speak about global Black
experience, including a series of webinars that began on 29 March. These programmes, as well as
the gala theme, will address the exhibition’s key themes of perpetuation, essence and radicality of
Black joy and celebrate the continent of Africa, Africans and African-ess in all its forms across the
global African diaspora. Gucci’s partnership extends to the travelling of the exhibition to major
museums across the United States and Europe.

In addition to supporting When We See Us as a travelling exhibition, the funds raised from the Zeitz
MOCAA Gala will go towards the institution’s mandate of a civic space that furthers the
contemplation of and education about art from Africa and its diaspora as a crucial and unique
catalyst for the analysis of our societies.
“In its role as a site for public dialogue, exhibitions, research and collection, and storytelling that
contemporary art enables, the institution promotes narratives that are important to the building of
communities and we see this gala as a significant milestone in working towards this vision,”
concludes Kouoh.
“Zeitz MOCAA looks forward to welcoming its board of trustees, Global Council members as well as
special guests to a night of Art & Opulence.”
Issued by Chimera Creative on behalf of Zeitz MOCAA.
For more information about the 2022 Zeitz MOCAA Gala tickets and table sales, contact Gwyn
Matthews: gala@zeitzmocaa.museum.
For media enquiries, contact Zainab Slemang van Rijmenant: 072-348-6443 or

About Zeitz MOCAA
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a public not-for-profit institution that
collects, preserves, researches and exhibits contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora;
conceives and hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational, discursive and
enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and strives towards access for
all. The museum’s galleries feature rotating temporary exhibitions with a dedicated space for the
permanent collection. The institution also includes the Centre for Art Education, the Centre for the
Moving Image and The Atelier, a museum residency programme for artists living and working in
Cape Town.
Zeitz MOCAA is situated at the Silo District, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South
Africa, and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. zeitzmocaa.museum

About Gucci
Founded in Florence, Italy, in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury brands, led by President
and CEO Marco Bizzarri and Creative Director Alessandro Michele. Following the House’s centenary,
Gucci forges ahead into the next hundred years, continuing to redefine luxury while celebrating the
creativity, craftsmanship and innovation at the core of its values.
Gucci is part of the global luxury group, Kering, which manages the development of a series of
renowned Houses in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches.
Discover more about Gucci at gucci.com.


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