JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY
A TOUR OF THE ART GALLERY HAS BEEN ARRANGED.
The cost is R50.
The Johannesburg Art Gallery, often referred to as JAG, is located in the centre of Joubert Park in the heart of the business district of Johannesburg. The biggest gallery on the sub-continent, JAG boasts over 9,000 works of art, displayed in 15 exhibition halls and sculpture gardens. In fact, only 10% of the exhibits are ever on display at one time, the rest are kept in storage. The exhibits range from artefacts, sculptures, drawings, paintings, prints and lacework. It is also home to 17th-century Dutch paintings, 18- and 19th-century British and European work as well as 19th-century and contemporary South African art.
The beautiful building itself was designed by Edward Lutyens, the British architect also responsible for the Anglo-Boer War Memorial.
The original collection was housed at University of the Witwatersrand prior to the gallery being built in 1915 just after the start of the First World War.
Tours are available but bookings must be made in advance.
Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Gerard Sekoto, Walter Battiss, Rodin, Henry Moore, William Kentridge and Sydney Kumalo are just a few of the acclaimed local and international artists whose work is exhibited at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.