For the arts

Wits Art Museum, Braamfontein, JohannesburgWits Art Museum, Braamfontein, JohannesburgWits Art Museum, Braamfontein, JohannesburgWits Art Museum, Braamfontein, JohannesburgWits Art Museum, Braamfontein, JohannesburgWits Art Museum, Braamfontein, JohannesburgWits Art Museum, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Saturday was the much anticipated public opening of the Wits Art Museum in Braamfontein – well at least much anticipated by me. After a delicious breakfast, Sazi and I headed there to have a look for ourselves (and went back later in the day with Mandy, Elizabeth and a bunch of other people). I have to say upfront that while I studied art at school, and art history in University, I am no fan of lengthy discussions about the meaning of a certain artwork. In fact, from having heard many such conversations, it is utterly impossible to discuss art in a gallery without sounding like a total douchebag (Go to the Tate Modern in London and listen to people if you don’t believe me).

But I love hanging around in galleries, being in the presence of art and creativity – and the fewer people, the better. Unfortunately – as could have been expected – WAM was pretty busy. It is a really beautiful space – a combination of big airy rooms and small and strange nooks and crannies. The one thing that struck me as odd for such a modern set-up was that next to the artworks they have these laminated sheets of A4 paper in a holder, which you have to put back after reading. I much prefer this to the audio recordings in most large galleries, but it did strike me as odd.

I definitely recommend a visit, especially if you can steal an hour or two during the week, when I am sure it will be quieter. For more details visit the website.

3 thoughts on “For the arts”

  1. I love museums. It’s somewhat akin to going inside the artist’s head and attempting to understand what they were feeling or sensing about their subject[s].
    I recently learned about a controversial art exhibit where two visitors defaced an interpretive painting of the South African president. What’s up with that…? Is censorship on the rise…..?

    1. Hi, yes that did happen but luckily I have been traveling and have managed to avoids mostly the debate that has been raging and that has often denigrated to petty squabbles. I’m not sure that this particular painting is the cause for most concern to censorship.

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