Welcome to the Johannesburg ArtGallery, home to some of the most prizedworks not just in the country but also inthe world.
About the gallery IF, as the saying goes, "art is escaping without running away from home", thenthe Johannesburg Art Gallery is the perfect place to hide: Located on thecorner of Klein and King George Streets in Joubert Park, right in the buzzingcentral business district of Johannesburg, the gallery comprises 15 exhibition hallsand sculpture gardens. The gallery is funded by the municipality of Johannesburg and offerings frompeople Opens from Tuesday to Sunday (10am to 5pm). Closed on Mondays and onChristmas Day and the Day of Reconciliation The building was designed by Edward Lutyens, the British architect alsoresponsible for the Anglo-Boer War Memorial. The Johannesburg Arts Gallery is a cultural attraction and it houses collections of17th century Dutch paintings, 18th and 19th century British and European art,19th century South African works, a large contemporary collection of 20thcentury local and international art, and a print cabinet containing works fromthe 15th century to the present.
continues The collection that formed the basis for the gallery as we know ittoday was first opened to the public in 1910 and was exhibited atthe University of the Witwatersrand while the building was beingconstructed. The purpose-built art gallery was eventually opened in1915, shortly after World War I began. Due to a large number of collections, the gallery only exhibits 10% ofits work whilst the rest remain in storage. Tours are available but bookings must be made in advance.
7A’s at the destination Accessibility of the destination Tours are offered on request to schools, technikons, university students, communitycentres and organizations, and groups of a minimum of 10 people, tourists and one-on-one tours for physically or mentally challenged visitors are also offered. Free entrance Attractions For a family that is not particularly aware of art the value, this may just be a day outwith the kids. Where they will be guided throughout the place, take a look at thepictures, paintings, sculptures and get information about the place and what inspiredthe art they see. For people in the art world it may be about networking For some it may be about prestige For academics it may be about access to knowledge For the city it may be about cohesion
Continues Amenities The Devonshire Hotel is based at Corner Melle & Jorissen Street,Johannesburg and it is 1,3 km away from the gallery. Tourists can visit Carlton Centre for retailing services(restaurants,shopping, withdrawing money etc.). Carlton Centre has the bestview of Johannesburg and for a small fee visitors can go right at thetop of the building and observe the city. They can also visit Ghandisquare. Activities Friendly tour operators take visitors around the gallery, show themsculptures and paintings and the interesting stories behind these.
The services they offer Exhibitions Events Workshops Gallery shopping
Attractions nearby Carlton CentreCarlton Centre is 50 or 223m (730ft) tall, which makes it the Africancontinents highest building. For a small fee, visitors can take the lift upto the Top of Africa observation sect on the 50th floor where amazingpanoramic views of the city can be seen. The Carlton Centre is linkedto the Carlton Hotel by an underground shopping mall, in which thereare more than 180 shops, restaurants etc.
continues Gandhi SquareOriginally build in 1983 as Government Square. This square hasundergone many transformations, but was finally being thoroughlyrefurbished in 2002 and was also give a new name, after the prominentIndian politician Mahatma Gandhi, who came to Johannesburg in1903 and worked as a lawyer and civil rights activist. In 2003 n life-sizestatue of Gandhi was unveiled here. This square is home to numerousshops, restaurants and cafes.
TOURS: To get there tourists may use own transport or make use of Rea viabuses since the station is closer to the gallery. Trained voluntary guides conduct tours of the gallery’s permanentand temporary exhibitions. Tours are offered on request to schools,technikons, university students, community centres andorganizations, and groups of a minimum of 10 people. One-on-onetours for physically or mentally challenged visitors are also offered.
Collections The gallery currently has over 9 000 artworks in its collection. The contemporarySouth African collection is the largest and comprises photography, installations,new media and digital works, paintings, sculptures, prints and ceramics. Itincludes work by renowned artists Tracey Rose, Robin Rhode, Jane Alexander,Jackson Hlungwani and William Kentridge. The gallery also has important holdings of southern African traditional art andartefacts. These objects of great cultural significance encompass the BrenthurstCollection (on permanent loan) and the Jacques collection of headrests. The significant historical collection consists of 17th century Dutch and Flemishpaintings, drawings and original prints, including 43 original etchings byRembrandt van Rijn, 18 and 19th century French and British artworks, includingnotable French Impressionist and British Pre-Raphaelite collections. The collection also includes paintings, prints and sculptures by Moderninternational artists Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, James Rosenquist, DonaldJudd and Andy Warhol.
Logistics: How they generateincome The Johannesburg Art Gallery is funded by the city of Johannesburgand they also receive donations from generous people who oftenvisit the gallery. During exhibitions people buy the art works of artists and the moneygoes both to the artist and the gallery Other galleries and museums donate resources such as paintingsand sculptures and some of these are sold to interested people
Policies Cameras are not allowed inside the gallery, visitors are advised touse cellphones and ensure that the flash light is off Visitors are not allowed to touch the sculptures or paintings There is a line that sets the distance between visitors and the art.Visitors are not supposed to go beyond that line Food and drinks are not allowed inside the building
Conserving the environment. In helping to conserve the environment, some artists from the JAGmake use of recycled material to make some of their art. Theycollect papers, plastics, boxes, orange sacks and a whole lot ofother materials. This greatly helps conserve the environment as theycollect these form the surroundings of the gallery. So basically theyhelp with recycling.