The art scene shares exciting exhibitions that speak volumes. View a significant reflection on Marikana by South Africa’s leading photojournalists at Kalashnikovv Gallery, take in some fresh new voices at Guns & Rain Gallery, get curious with visual artist Zhi Zulu, see the sounds of the city with Pat Mautloa, experience the monumental sculptures of Anton Smit and so much more… For a full guide to what’s on in Joburg, check out our online events calendar and subscribe to our newsletter guide to Joburg published every Thursday morning.
Check out the art events we recommend visiting to enhance your creative experience in this city.
EXHIBITION: Marikana – 10 years through the lens at Kalashnikovv Gallery
UNTIL AUG 20, For a limited time only, Kalashnikovv reflects on a major historical event through the eyes of South African photojournalists Leon Sadiki, Alon Skuy, Felix Dlangamandla, Kevin Sutherland and Lucas Ledwaba. This eye-opening showcase confronts the enormity of the Marikana Massacre through graphic yet powerfully empathetic images. Read more about the exhibition here. Open 16-20 Aug 2022, Mon – Fri 10:00 – 16:00 and Sat 10:00 – 15:00.
LAST CHANCE: Group Exhibition, Fresh Voices 2022 at Guns & Rain Gallery
UNTIL AUG 21, Last chance to view this phenomenal exhibition of new southern African talent. This exhibition includes three female artists: Aneesah Girie, Zama Cebsile, and Mwandla Zenaéca Singh. Their work reflects various personal interpretations of what it means to be young, female, and ‘South African’ in our current society. Open Fri 19 Aug 09:00-16:30pm or by appointment on Sat 20 – Sun 21 Aug. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
LAUNCH & ARTIST TALK: Zhi Zulu, The Curious Five at David Krut Projects
LAUNCH ON SAT AUG 20 at 10:00 & TALK BY THE ARTIST AT 11:00, Visual artist and storyteller Zhi Zulu launches her series of artworks called The Curious Five. This series is a comical take on South Africa’s Big Five, depicting unlikely animals in the midst of bustling Johannesburg. Exhibition open for viewing weekdays 09:00 – 17:00 and Saturdays 09:00 – 16:00 at 151 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood.
GROUP EXHIBITION: SENSES and LENSES at Berman Contemporary
Curated by Gcotyelwa Mashiqa, the all-female selection of artists in this exhibition embody their personal and unspoken histories, creatively inviting viewers into their process, and revealing a refreshing tension between artwork and process. This encourages a focus on the mundane, highlighting the simplicity of physical objects through a new lens. Open weekdays 09:00 – 17:30 and Saturday 09:00 – 16:00.
EXHIBITION: Urban Soundscapes by Pat Mautloa at UJ Art Gallery
DON’T MISS OUT, Throughout August and September, UJ Art Gallery presents a major exhibition by Kagiso ‘Pat’ Mautloa, a veteran Joburg-based artist who is widely recognised as a pioneer of modernist painting in South Africa. Included in this exhibition are never before seen artworks that capture the sounds of our ever-changing, dynamic city. Read more about this momentous exhibition here. Exhibition running until Sept 30, at the UJ Art Gallery.
EXHIBITIONS: Colossal and Vivid Identity at Artyli at Nelson Mandela Square
Artyli is showcasing two exquisite exhibitions Vivid Identity and Colossal. Vivid Identity is a group exhibition by contemporary African artists, and Colossal by Anton Smit features a selection of monumental sculptures installed throughout Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City. The exhibition has transformed the public spaces across the complex in the most delightful ways. Learn more here.
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