Johannesburg Art Gallery

Jag Snag

Stephen Hobbs
Jag Snag, Intervention ,

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Johannesburg Art Gallery, Digital image ,


Yoko Ono
Cut Piece, Exhibition Invitation Image: Off the Beaten Path ,
Photo by Minora Niizuma


Roy Lichtenstein
Crak!, Offset coIour lithograph , 48.9 x 70.3 cm

SEE LISTING 'Three sisters in law'

Usha Seejarim
'Three sisters in law', Sculpture: brooms, bangles , 27 x 32 x 132 cm


King George Street, between Wolmarans and Noord Streets, Joubert Park, Johannesburg


Hours: Hours: Mon - Sun 10am - 5pm


Stephen Hobbs at Johannesburg Art Gallery

Following 3 years of research and discussion, with Chief Curator, Antoinette Murdoch, into the historical and physical properties of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Stephen Hobbs will present a series of small, medium and large scale architectonic responses to the Meyer/ Pienaar Gallery - extension. 

Given that this part of the Johannesburg Art Gallery has been closed until major renovationstake place, Stephen Hobbs’s intervention into the building will evolve over a 4-month period, with a series of project milestones advertised at various points, to highlight the research and nature of the work. 

Through a combination of collapsed exhibition screens, structural props and special lighting; the installation will suggest alternative spatial design possibilities for the gallery. 

Additional exhibits about the 100 year life of the gallery, its various heritage attributes, important art historical references and so on, will engage existing and new audiences with the significance of the building and the role it has played in promoting art and culture in the city. 

The Jag Snag project originates from Antoinette Murdoch’s sustained efforts to improve the gallery’s built condition as the original Lutyens building reaches its centenary in 2015.

For exhibition information please contact Tiny Malefane at tinym@joburg.org.za

King George St, between Woolmarans & Noort St, Joubert Park, Johannesburg

T: +27 (011) 725 3130/ 3152. Secure parking is available

16 March 2014 - 27 July 2014

Various Artists at Johannesburg Art Gallery

Conversations is an exhibition which explores the role of applied arts that form part of the Johannesburg Art Gallery collection. Whilst this exhibition consists of many of the decorative arts which form part of the collection, the selection of the objects was aimed at bringing to light the seldom seen furniture collection.

Often the obligation of furniture is to hold bums and elbows while sipping tea, wrench beer, business meetings and where gossip is shared. In the gallery, the furniture is not filled with warm bodies, the viewer starts looking at the table, chair, armoire and chaises as art pieces, seeing as the pieces were dreamt up and designed by well-known artists, architects and artisans. Questions arise about the so-called decorative arts, in this case also including some of the exquisite lace collection of the gallery. While backdrops are created for many of these social (or not so social) settings, sometimes in harmony and other times in contrast, the intention is for the various elements and the viewer to have conversations with one another, a chore not unusual for the gallery dweller. 


Participating artists include: Albert Adams, Marc Edwards, Albert Munyai, Anthony Caro, Beverley Price, Charles Rennie MacIntosh, Charles-Edouard-Jeanneret Le Corbusier, Claudette Schreuders, Clive Van den Berg, Elizabeth Margaret Vels, Fred Page,  Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, Jacques Coetzer, Jan Schoeman (Outa Lappies), Jeremy Wafer, Johannes Frederik Potgieter, Johannes Phokela, Keith Dietrich, Luan Nel, Moses Seleko, Nandipha Mntambo, Penny Siopis, Peter Bernd Schutz, Richard Hamilton, Robert Griffith Hodgins, Sam Nhlengethwa , Zwelethu Mthethwa, Sandile Zulu, Steven Cohen.

03 December 2013 - 11 May 2014

Various Artists at Johannesburg Art Gallery

Throughout the world, women and girls are victims of countless and senseless acts of violence. The range of gender-based violence is devastating, occurring, quite literally, from womb to tomb. It occurs in every segment of society, regardless of class, ethnicity, culture, or whether the country is at peace or war.

This is the context for 'Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art', a multi-media traveling contemporary art exhibition that utilizes works by world-class artists to promote awareness of the root causes of violence against women; create empathy for women’s stories; foster a dialogue about the pervasiveness of violence against women; and inspire the belief that women and girls can be empowered with new behavioral choices.

Premised on the visionary potential of art, the stories that underlie these artworks help us feel and understand the essence of the problem of violence against women around the world. 

Can art foment social change? We hope that the artworks in this show can push the door open a little wider and, in the process, shed new light on an old problem as we begin to forge a new journey—off the beaten path.

Exhibition curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg.

Marina Abramovic, Agency Volontaire, Jane Alexander Laylah Ali, Louise Bourgeois, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Patricia Evans, Luciana Fina, Global Crescendo Project, Mona Hatoum, Icelandic Love Corp, Yoko Inoue, ,Jung Jungyeob, Amal Kenawy, Myung Jin Kim, Lise Bjorne Linnert, Hung Liu, Wangechi Mutu, Maimuna Feroze-Nana, Almagul Menlibayeva, Gabriela Morawetz, Miri Nishri, Yoko Ono, Lucy & Jorge Orta, , Cecilia Paredes, Susan Plum, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Cima Rahmankhah, Joyce J. Scott, Fatou Kande Senghor, Elisabeth Sunday, Masami Teraoka, Hank Willis Thomas, Miwa Yanagi

01 September 2013 - 17 November 2013

Various Artists at Johannesburg Art Gallery

Education is an integral part of the Johannesburg Art Gallery’s (JAG) activities.

Through its education programme the JAG is able to contribute meaningfully to the learning and understanding of visual art. The JAG team perceives the gallery as an environment in which curiosity, discovery and contemplation are encouraged. The education team aims to provide all visitors, regardless of age, background or ability, with inspiring and empowering experiences through tours, exhibitions and other public programmes, developing new perspectives and ways of viewing art.

The exhibition 'Looking as Learning II' is one of JAG’s educational initiatives. Showcasing works from JAG’s permanent collection, this exhibition explores a chronological sequence of South African and International art trends based on the 2013 National Secondary School Visual Art Curriculum. The exhibition has been curated to utilise the JAG collection as an educational tool, not only targeted at art?students, but to assist educators in navigating the visual arts curriculum.

Following on from the 2011 exhibition, which separated the show in International and South African art, 'Looking as Learning II' will look at each decade of the 20th and 21st century, and display the works of International and South African artists alongside each other. International artists represented in this section include Jean Marchand, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein and Helen Frankenthaler. South African artists such as George Pemba, Walter Battiss, Irma Stern, Noria Mabasa and Wim Botha form part of the South African component of the exhibition.

This show includes some of JAG’s new acquisitions as well as works that have not been displayed at JAG for some time.

07 April 2013 - 25 August 2013

Usha Seejarim at Johannesburg Art Gallery

Usha Seejarim's 'Venus at Home', a touring museum exhibition, opens at Johannesburg Art Gallery.

Venus at Home is an intensely personal project, in which the artist aims to explore the places she finds herself in and the various roles she undertakes.

Explaining her previous work Seejarim states, 'The trajectory of my work shows a fascination with the everyday.  Subsequent works have used household and ordinary objects like toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, bus tickets, soap bars, kwiklocks (plastic clips that close bread packet), earbuds, stoep polish and safety pins. The everyday features also in video works where the practice of daily activities has been explored. Works have been made about daily travel to work and back, washing dishes, mowing the lawn and making roti'.

'As a home-maker/housewife/mother of two, and an artist, I seem to straddle between daily chores like washing the dishes or changing diapers to the seemingly glamorous act of making art. These two distinctly female roles in my own life are coming together in this body of work that uses ordinary household objects as materials to create a series of sculptures and installations.'

10 February 2013 - 12 May 2013