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Johannesburg ’s Museum of African Design (MOAD) has re-launched itself as a meeting and work space on April 16th.
The museum after renovation and new line up of activities and exhibitions has also positioned itself as a working resource for artists and creative people where there would be meeting facilities, WiFi and coffee available. Although similar to a shared office space model, it wouldn’t have people permanently working there.
This is to have more people trooping in to the museum for different reasons. “We want to get more people here, especially in the week,” museum director Aaron Kohn said. “We want to create some life and keep people in the space.”
Another way of increasing the museum’s attractiveness was to expand its exhibitions offering, Mr Kohn said.
As an improvement, the museum’s museum’s exhibitions were planned for the next year and more. And there would be at least two exhibitions going on at a time in the museum.
The museum has been closed for a while for renovations aimed at improving visitors’ experience, such as “more staircases, entrances and exits and more signage. The new-look museum will include a library and an archive, a project that will expand as research deepens.
There are presently two exhibitions going on as promised; NOT x Chris Saunders which opened at the Museum on April 17th till 28 June, 2015. The exhibition is the result of the cross-cultural, interdisciplinary relationship between New York-based designer Jenny Lai, Johannesburg-based photographer Chris Saunders, and four local creatives from South Africa. An exhibition that seeks to demonstrate how technology enabled people living in different cities and countries to meet via the internet, enter into interdisciplinary exchange and produce garments, sculptures and still and moving images together.
The second is Temporary But Permanent, running at the same time with NOT x Chris Saunders. This exhibition looks at “interventions” in public spaces across Africa, such as pop-up fashion shows.