Although a landmark institution for Africa as a continent, there are critical reviews of the museum's financial sourcing. The main foundation, and thus dedication, is from a German man who owned and ran a global company, hardly started or based out of Africa. This sense of appropriated identity is also felt with the choice of location. Cape Town has a reputation for its hostility to black South Africans; stuck in a deep divide that promotes a colonial feel throughout the city. Critics are worried that this museum will not support a greater African tradition, but rather serve a select audience and agenda.
Every art institution has lucrative backing, and certainly motivations, and while asking to remove all cultural affiliations and bias is impossible, the ultimate goal is to educate and inspire. As a brand new museum, MOCAA has a large and diverse audience, with a vast and complicated history, to serve. As the first institution of its kind, MOCAA has been provided a unique set of challenges that should provide a singular experience for viewers. The creativity of the actual space and the organization of the collection and resources is an important addition to Cape Town and the anticipation of possibility can certainly be felt universally.