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From the biggest gallery in sub-Saharan Africa to displays of the best contemporary art, the City of Gold has much to offer in terms of art and culture. Here’s a roundup of Johannesburg’s top art galleries, displaying a collection of both local and international works.
Goodman Gallery in Jan Smuts Avenue is one of the most well-known international contemporary art galleries in Johannesburg. Established in 1966, during Apartheid, the gallery was accessible to artists from all over South Africa and offered a fair-minded and judgement-free space. Prominent artists from all over the world have had works exhibited at Goodman Gallery and exhibitions are frequently updated.
Gallery MOMO was established by Monna and Lee Mokoena in 2003 in a converted Parktown North home. The gallery focuses on the latest in contemporary art, and its spacious rooms are perfect for displaying its diverse collection. MOMO works closely with numerous international and local artists, including renowned photographer Roger Ballen, South African artist Sethembile Msezane, and Jamaican-American visual artist Kenrick McFarlane, to name only a few.
Stevenson Gallery opened in 2003 and has exhibition spaces in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Stevenson has an international exhibition programme creating a platform for South African artists to gain international exposure. At the same time the programme allows international names to exhibit in South Africa. Works by Thomas Hirschhorn, Glenn Ligon, and Walid Raad have all been exhibited at the gallery.