Out of The Cube

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Condition Report

Various Participants
Condition Report, Invitation ,

SEE LISTING Also the Real Thing

Various Artists
Also the Real Thing, Event Invitation ,

SEE LISTING The Foundation Collection of the Johannesburg Art Gallery

Various Artists
The Foundation Collection of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Exhibition Invitation ,

SEE LISTING Blindfolded Line Dancing through Time

Liza Grobler
Blindfolded Line Dancing through Time, Performance ,

SEE LISTING Another Country

Reiner Leist
Another Country, Invitation image ,


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


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


Various Participants at Johannesburg Art Gallery

'Condition Report' is a group exhibition that offers visitors a rare opportunity to glimpse the fascinating world of curating. Produced by postgraduate students from the Curating Exhibitions course at the Wits School of Arts, the exhibition offers a series of responses to rarely seen objects from the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) collection, including German Gothic wooden sculptures, Chinese ceramic roof tiles and Indian temple figures carved in stone.

According to JAG’s contemporary art curator, Musha Neluheni, “these are the oldest objects owned by the museum. They were brought to South Africa under mysterious circumstances in the 1950s and 1960s and do not fit in with the rest of the JAG collection, which mostly comprises European and African art from the 17th century onwards”.

The student curators interrogate these objects, their position, and histories, grappling with the truths about the objects, and revealing the realities of curatorial processes that are often hidden from the audience.

'Condition Report' consists of twelve individual statements within one exhibition. It offers individual interpretations of these objects whilst at the same showcasing the students’ collective thinking in putting this show together. The displays extend to other collections within JAG, allowing the audience to view more pieces from this world-class collection.

The title, 'Condition Report', refers to the conservation and presentation aspects of a curator’s relationship with artworks. As an artwork moves from dealers to collections to exhibitions, curators make notes through “condition reports” that are used to track aspects of the physical condition of an artwork. The term also refers to the collection within which these objects have been placed for over fifty years, and the effects of the collection policy on artworks and the institution itself.

Cost: Free Entry

For more information... Megan t  011 447 6543 e  megan@intotogallery.co.za

Please note: this event does not take place on the following days: 03 November, 10 November, 17 November, 24 November

29 October 2014 - 29 November 2014

Various Artists at Johannesburg Art Gallery

TEN YOUNG ACTORS, just having graduated from their acting school. Their education has been about creating emotions, taking on a character, being credible. They have learned techniques of shifting and becoming someone else.

In the vast rooms and corridors of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, a holder of cultural history, between historical portraits, sculptures and landscape paintings, the actors now portray themselves. Live. It’s the day of their audition.

Also the real thing: The Johannesburg Auditions documents the actors' personal histories as well as their ability to manipulate, swinging between reality as tactic of confusion and authenticity as a matter of technique.

READ MORE - http://www.prohelvetia.org.za/Also-the-real-thing-Johannesb.3526.0.html?&L=4&id=3526

CREDITS - Also the real thing: The Johannesburg Auditions is a collaboration between the Swiss director Boris Nikitin and the Indian director Zuleikha Chaudhari, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Market Theatre Lab and its graduates of 2014.

With Lindani Dlamini, Musa Mhlophe, Sibongile Fisher, Katlego Letsholonyana, Busi Letwaba, Thandi Ramashi, Thando Mahlangu, Lawrence Simelane, Teboho Thuswa, Reneilwe Mashitisho, and Arya Lalloo

Supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg.

PERFORMANCE DETAILS - Performance on Saturday 25 October, at the JAG, 12pm-4pm.  Reception from 3pm.

25 October 2014 - 25 October 2014

Various Artists at Johannesburg Art Gallery

The magnificent foundation collection assembled by Sir Hugh Lane for the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) has been reassembled in its original home for the first time in many decades, to huge anticipation.  The exhibition will be held from 14 September 2014 until February 2015.  The most celebrated art collection of the 20th century in South Africa was established in 1910 by Sir Hugh Lane, as advisor to Lady Phillips, the founder of JAG and wife of the mining-magnate, Sir Lionel Phillips. ? 

The JAG foundation collection is the largest art collection created by Sir Hugh Percy Lane (born 6 November 1875, Cork, Ireland – died 7 May 1915, at sea off the Cork coast), a renowned art collector, dealer and connoisseur of Old Master paintings. . JAG is the second modern art collection put together by Lane, after he had collected works for the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, now known as the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, which opened in 1908. Thereafter Lane fashioned his third collection, the Michaelis Collection in Cape Town in 1914, consisting of 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings. ? 

Lane was one of the most important curators of his time because he was the first to curate displays showing the development of modern British art and the earliest to collect French Impressionist paintings for British public collections.  He was knighted for his services to Irish art in 1909 and is renowned for his contested Lane Bequest of 39 French Impressionist paintings to the National Gallery in London. ? 

Lane first met Lady Phillips in 1909, after which she attempted to find suitable accommodation for the planned foundation collection.  Lane was responsible for curating and mounting the foundation collection’s first exhibition at JAG, and also for producing its first accompanying catalogue, dated 1910.  Sadly he drowned with others on board the RMS Lusitania, off the Cork coast, after the Germans torpedoed it.   ? 

JAG’s foundation collection includes primarily works in different media by famous British and French 19th century artists, as well as by some lesser-known European artists.  Famous names in the collection include Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Dame Laura Knight, Sir John Everett Millais, Henry Moore, Sir David Wilkie, Augustus John, and Alfred Sisley, amongst many others.     ? 

The Hugh Lane Collection exhibition will recreate the foundation collection’s original splendour and will act as inspiration to all those who admire art.  It will be exhibited at JAG accompanied by a facsimile copy of the original 1910 illustrated catalogue, with Lane’s Prefatory Notice.

14 September 2014 - 28 February 2015

Liza Grobler at Johannesburg Art Gallery

The moment a point is set in motion, a line is created. This line multiplied, creates a web or a network that constructs images or connects objects, people and places.

Line is a basic element of traditional image making. When multiplied on a flat surface, it creates shape and once freed from the picture plane, it can construct 3 dimensional form. In the medical profession it results in graphs that demonstrate invisible occurrences such as internal body rhythms – thereby signaling the presence or absence of life. In science, line represents trajectories and progressions, thus suggesting cause and effect over time. Line therefore maps routes and connects things across space and time.

'Blindfolded Line, Dancing through Time' is a site-specific mixed media installation and a playful investigation of the dichotomy that exist between inner and outer landscape. The 'blindfolded line' suggests the creative process as an ongoing journey: a continuous exploration driven by free association, inadvertent connections, interdisciplinary collaboration and repetitive actions. Whereas this exhibition is on the one hand an attempt to visually manifest the above points, it is more importantly an exploration of the creative process itself; a search, in the manner of many an explorer: With blind faith and vague direction. The line strives to dance, but mostly stumbles ahead into unknown territories. As with most explorations the outcome is often a surprise

27 July 2014 - 09 November 2014

Reiner Leist at Johannesburg Art Gallery

Photographer Reiner Leist emigrated from West Germany to South Africa in 1988, where he stayed until he took up residence in the United States in 1994. During his time in South Africa – which constituted a significant period of transition to democracy – he started taking portraits of ordinary and extraordinary South Africans. Fifteen years later Leist returned in search of these individuals to take a second set of images for the photographic essay ‘Another Country’.

According to the artist: 'Since 1988, more than 200 South Africans have shared their perspectives on the country and their personal histories with me. These narratives have had a large impact on my view of the world, and influenced me in my professional capacity. In 1993, one year before the nation’s first democratic elections, the participants were invited to collaborate with me in the publication ‘South Africa: Blue Portraits’ which was published in the same year. Each person was asked to choose a background for a portrait in black and white; 73 of these were included in the final publication. In 2009 I began to revisit the participants in order to find out how their living circumstances had changed since our last discussion sixteen years ago, through the lens of the original photographs. The new narratives form the content and the inspiration for ‘Another Country’, the follow up publication. In ‘Another Country’, black-and-white portraits are followed by new colour portraits of the participants or, in some cases, of surviving sons or daughters, a grandson, a new bearer of an office or position, or a visitor to the same site. The images are accompanied by edited versions of new interviews. In the editing process, I tried to preserve a sense of the words as spoken, and to offer the reader an experience as listener, in a bound collection of the visual and verbal stories of many of my teachers. I remain a student of their humanity and of the South African landscape.'

‘Another Country’, is published by Jacana and accompanies the exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

18 April 2014 - 13 July 2014