Openings This Week: JHB | The Bumper Art Week Edition

It’s Christmas come early for art fans as Art Week Joburg hits the city with a plethora of different exhibitions, openings, talks and special events taking place across the city, and all coinciding with the 7th annual FNB JoburgArtFair. If there was ever a time to go get your art on, this is it. See you at an opening!



Tuesday 19 August 2014


Art Week Joburg, 1 week, 5 creative hubs, 40 venues




Art Week Joburg provides a platform to promote and reinforce the existing strengths of the Joburg art scene. Art Week Joburg takes place during the week of the 2014 FNB Joburg Art Fair, and is open to everyone. It seeks to create a more robust community of art producers, consumers and appreciators, by acting as a market platform, an information hub and a leisure attraction for locals and visitors. 


Various venues around Joburg, focusing on five art hubs:

Tuesday 19th – Soweto

Wednesday 20th – Rosebank Arts Strip

Friday 22nd – Maboneng / Arts on Main

Saturday 23rd – Braamfontein & Newtown

Sunday 24th – Alexandra

View the full programme online.



Show & Tell – The Art Week edition




In keeping with all things art this week in Joburg, we’re hosting a special Art Week Show & Tell. Participating artists include conceptual photographer/sculptor Nico Krijno (includes a preview of his new show opening the following evening at the same venue), performance artist Donna Kukama, and young conceptual artist Bogosi Sekhukhuni.


133 Arts Residency, 133 Westcliff Drive, Joburg


More info and online sign up form to reserve your seat. 



Patrick Kagiso Mautloa – Midcareer Retrospective




Mashumi Art Projects in association with Eyethu Lifestyle Centre present this exhibition. Pat Mautloa obtained his Diploma in Fine Art at the prestigious ELC in Rorke’s Drift in KZN. He then went on to teach at FUBA (Federated Union For Black Artists) from the early 1980s and was instrumental in the establishment of the Thupelo Gallery during his time there. He has participated in several local and international exhibitions alongside contemporaries and is now based at the Bag Factory.


Eyethu Lifestyle Centre, Cnr. Machaba Drive & Kinini Street, Mofolo Central Soweto


More info on the gallery website. This exhibition forms part of Art Week Joburg.



Doing Hair: Art and hair in Africa





Image via Miss Milli B (Milisithando Bongela) who will be doing a short talk at the opening.


Wits Art Museum, Corner Bertha and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein


More info on the WAM Facebook page.



Wednesday 20 August 2014


The Joburg Fringe 




The Joburg Fringe presents this year’s VideoART!, About Your Full-Time Position, collated by Niklas Zimmer; Young Capital, a show of new artists curated by Asanda Kupa; and TOPLESS, a no-jury salon-style exhibition of all submissions received from an open call.


Aerial Empire, 7 Sivewright Avenue, New Doornfontein

Opening event: 6pm, R10 entrance.

More info on the Facebook page. This event forms part of Art Week Joburg.



Rainbow Transit, a photography exhibition by Per-Anders Pettersson




In the spring of 1994, Swedish-born Per-Anders Pettersson arrived in South Africa for the first time to cover the historic election in which Nelson Mandela was to become South Africa’s first black president. Thus began Pettersson’s love affair with South Africa. Over the next two decades, he explored the “Rainbow Nation”, questioning the complex realities of daily life in one of the success stories on the African continent.


MOAD Basement Gallery, 281 Commissioner Street, Maboneng


More info on the MOAD website. This exhibition forms part of Art Week Joburg.



The Brother Burns the Bullion, by The Brother Moves On




The Brother Moves On (TBMO) will stage a collaborative performance for one hour only, as a transient moment of exploration including live music, drawing and narration.. The performance expands on an earlier work by TBMO called The Brother Breaks the Bullion and allows for “a theatrical interrogation into the value we put into things, places and spaces”. With headpieces designed by Gerald Machona, live drawing by Nolan Oswald Dennis and Mr Fuzzy Slippers and a performance of Influences of a Closet Chant by Albert Silindokuhle ÍBOKWE’ Khoza. 


The Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


More info on the Facebook page. This event forms part of Art Week Joburg.



Dark City Dreams, an exhibition by Michael Meyersfeld in collaboration with Mongane Wally Serote 




This exhibition was borne out of Meyersfeld’s desire to show the lighter side of Alexandra, Johannesburg. The area usually conjures up images of poverty, illness, crime and grime, but while this is a less than privileged society, there also exists a life that throbs with excitement, joy, happiness and hope. Michael Meyersfeld collaborated in this series with the esteemed poet Mongane Wally Serote, who grew up in Alexandra before going into exile.


Phutaditjaba Community Centre School, Alexandra, thereafter the exhibition will move to In Toto Gallery on the 4th September 2014. More info on the gallery website. 



Construction, a one-night exhibition by Nico Krijno




How does an artist expand one of the great traditional art forms, the still life, into new territory? How does he create a complex contemporary image out of an ordinary arrangement of things?


133 Arts Residency, 133 Westcliff Drive


More info on the Facebook event page.



Works on Paper and Sculpture, a solo show by Dumile Feni




Gallery MOMO, 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North

More info on the gallery Facebook page. This exhibition forms part of Art Week Joburg.



Panel Discussion: Regarding Women


Gallery MOMO: Regarding Women



Thursday 21 August 2014


Gesture, a group show




Curator, Lucy Turpin, aims for the exhibition to form a dialogue: an interstice between artists, but also between place – featuring works from artists based in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Stellenbosch, as well as Venice and Amsterdam. She states Gesture has been a transformative process that has been taking shape over two years, and highlights the focus of the exhibit as being trans-disciplinary, but also as trans-city, trans-country, and trans- generational.


Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Street Braamfontein


More info on the Facebook event page.



Archife, magazine launch




“ARCHIFE is an Irregular Publication by a Loose Collective of Contributors. ARCHIFE is Image and Text and Everything Else Inbetween from Johannesburg, RSA”.


Jana+Koos Studio, 6 Ameshoff Street, Braamfontein. 


More info on the Facebook event page.



AKEDO Online Store Launch / Art Exhibition / Fashion Show




AKEDO is an up and coming fashion label by designer Eleni Labrou. The brand celebrates the launch of its online store this Thursday evening at the Alex Theatre with an art exhibition and fashion show in partnership with Play Braamfontein, Original Cocktails, Dolph & Lundgren and Jana+Koos.


The Alexander Theatre, 36 Stiemens Street, Braamfontein
Art Exhibition – 6.30pm – 8pm
Fashion Show – 8pm – 9pm
Tickets – R40
Buy them at or at the door.



Friday 22 August 


FNB JoburgArtFair 




The seventh FNB JoburgArtFair presents the largest selection of African contemporary art under one roof.


Sandton Convention Centre, Maude Street, Sandown

22 – 24 August

Keep up-to-date on talks, performances and general info via the event Facebook page, or check out the website. View exclusive 10and5 Art Fair interviews and artist studio visits.



Back to the Future, an exhibition by Amber Smith




Wolves, 3 Corlett Drive, Illovo


More info on Facebook.



Saturday 23 August 2014


it’s all video, video, video




it’s all video, video, video is a screening of selected art videos from the Emile Stipp Collection curated by Rory Bester. The selection will feature works by: Emeka Ogboh, Athi Patra Ruga, Steven Cohen, Donna Kukama, Carla Busuttil, Dineo Bopape, Dan Halter, and Kudzanai Chiurai.


The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 285 Fox Street, Maboneng

Saturday 23 August at 6.30pm
Sunday 24 August at 5pm

Entrance is free but you must reserve a seat. 



My Joburg: Short Change

A photography exhibition of works by students and alumni of the Market Photo Workshop.


My Joburg: Short Change


Short Change references an exhibition of the 20th Anniversary of the Market Photo Workshop in 2009, in which photography was posited in relation to a South Africa in a state of change. Short Change is a significantly different exhibition, with many different photographers featured, but asks similar questions about how young photographers respond to their environments and come to practice their photography in a complex and dynamic space. Much of the work has been produced within training and projects of the Market Photo Workshop, but much is also development of new bodies outside of the auspices of the Photo Workshop and a training environment.

Photographers on exhibition include Mack Magagane, Akona Kenqu, Lebohang Kganye, Matthew Kay, Jerry Gaegane, Dahlia Maubane, Musa Nxumalo, Thabiso Sekgala, Chris Stamatiou, Madoda Mkhobeni and Romaen Tiffin. The exhibition was first curated for My Joburg at Maison Rouge as part of the France-South African Season in 2013.


Opening Saturday 23 August at 6pm and running until 28 September 2014 at The Photo Workshop Gallery.

Market Photo Workshop
2 President Street



Colour. Line. Portfolio launch and Assemblage Open Studio



During Art Week Joburg, Prints on Paper (Assemblage’s printmaking studio) will be launching it’s first collaborative print portfolio Colour.Line. at an Open Studio event. The portfolio comprises 22 works by emerging artists, including: Atang Tshikare, Bevan de Wet, Cloudia Hartwig, Fred Clarke, Gary Stephens, Gawie Joubert, Isaac Zavale, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Lisolomzi Pikoli, Minenkulu Ngoyi, MJ Turpin, Mongezi Ncaphyi, Mr Lean, Niall Bingham, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Rebecca Haysom, Ross Passmoor, Sindiso Nyoni, Stephan Erasmus, Themba Khumalo, Yael Feldman, Zolani Siphungela.


Assemblage Studios, 41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown 


More info on the Facebook event page.



Sunday 24 August 2014


Drawing in the Sky




The Absa Lumen Display will showcase artwork of artists from Maboneng and surrounding areas during  Art Week Joburg. The featured artists are Lorenzo Nassimbeni, Senzo Shabangu and Stephen Hobbs. An artist talk will be held at David Krut Workshop at Arts on Main where the artists will discuss their work and people are invited to ask questions. 


David Krut Projects, Arts on Main


More info on the Parts & Labor website. This event forms part of Art Week Joburg.



The Unfailing Table – A workshop on the potential for toasting in the days to come after, by Anna Romanenko and Bjorn Kuhn




Over the past two months Anna and Björn have been cultivating 44 fruit spirits in the Utopianagarden in Geneva, Switzerland. It only takes one fruit to set in motion The Unfailing Table. You are cordially invited to take a seat and engage in new fantasies about the time after the futuristic outset. What can such a fantasy be like?


The Sober and Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art, 66 4th Avenue, Melville


More info on the the SLICA website.



Also on and worth a look:


Print Editions 1968 – 2014, by Norman Catherine




Gallery AOP, 44 Stanley, Milpark

More info on the gallery website.



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