Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Exploring Jozi: Johannesburg Art Gallery

The Johannesburg Art Gallery is an absolute adventure! With so much to see, and it's contrasting setting in the heart of the CBD situated in one of Jozi's oldest parks, it's the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Where to find JAG: Joubert Park Gardens, Kind George Street
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Entrance: Free and parking is available inside the gates (entrance from Kind George Street)
Contact: 011 725 3130

The gallery has a bookshop and visitors can find local and international art books and exhibition catalogues and a friendly curator, which you have to book in advance should you wish to do a tour.

The building was designed by Edward Lutyens and opened in 1915, not long after World War 1.  After  that there were extensions made to the gallery in 1940s and the 1980's.

There is a distinct African flare in the gallery which has procured stunning contemporary South African artists pieces, including traditional artefacts, implements, ornaments and jewellery made with a variety of rock, wire, beads and clay.  An absolute must see for locals and tourists - and ensure you take the time to read the stories that go with each piece.

The current collection comprises of  a variety of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, installations and photography from local artists and international artists including Dutch, British and French artists as early as the 15th century.  Amongst the 9000 pieces you'll find Monet, Degas, Dante and Picasso can on the walls of the 15 exhibition halls of this beautiful gallery.

JAG has one of the largest collections in South Africa with some of the most prized works in the world.

Here are my three favourites!

Pablo Picasso
Tete d'Arlequin II
crayon and pastel
Collection Johannesburg Art Gallery

Charles Albert Desplau
Portrait d'une Americaine
oil paint and plaster of Paris
Collection Johannesburg Art Gallery

Salvador Dali
Lobster Telephone (also knows as Aphrodisiac Telephone)
Sculpture paper, plaster, painted metal, rubber
Collection Johannesburg Art Gallery

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