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.
From here you can see all of the city.
Last night over dinner we discussed those “24/36/48 hours in…” city guides that are so popular in lifestyle magazines. I pointed out that very often they contain conflicting suggestions and are usually unlikely to make a visitor very happy. So the title of this post is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but other than celebrating Chinese New Year this weekend I hardly spent any time at home, taking full advantage of what the city has to offer. This post is my 48 hours in Johannesburg but I have a feeling you might enjoy it too…
First stop on Friday night was Kitchner's bar on Juta street. It is the building on the left - very smokey but always full of fun interesting people.
At the Stevenson Gallery on Saturday morning. Also in Juta Street, Braamfontein.
Lunch at the very very busy Neighbourgoods market - 73 Juta, Braamfontein.
After lunch we grabbed coffee and a red velvet cupcake at Wolves cafe, where this awesome old man was having a beer and writing in his book.
I love Wolves - creative ambiance and great coffee.
Saw some very cool graffiti in the CBD on Saturday evening.
On Sunday, when the afternoon storm let up, we went to the rooftop of the 12 Decades hotel at Arts on Main for some sundowners.
The last stop of the weekend was Trabella restaurant where the waiter went out of his way to find me an avocado for my pizza. Perfect ending to my 48 hours.
Here are the links to all the places in the photos:
12 Decades hotel