ABOUT Joburg Art Gallery
Welcome to the Johannesburg Art Gallery, home to some of the most prized works not just in the country but also in the world.
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Venus at Home

Venus at Home
View some of the artwork by Usha Seejarim on show at the JAG in the Venus at Home exhibition. More

The French Connection

The French Connection
View some of the artwork by French masters on show at the JAG in the French Connection exhibition. More

Coming of Age

Intro, Silver b/w photograph, 750mm by 60mm
View some of the artwork commemorating the work of three generations of printmaking artists at Artist Proof Studio. More


ACwebbslide front
View the sound installation of James Webb’s exhibition Prayer at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. More



The gallery currently has over 9 000 artworks in its collection. The contemporary South African collection is the largest and comprises photography, installations, new media and digital works, paintings, sculptures, prints and ceramics. It includes work by renowned artists Tracey Rose, Robin Rhode, Jane Alexander, Jackson Hlungwani and William Kentridge.

The gallery also has important holdings of southern African traditional art and artefacts. These objects of great cultural significance encompass the Brenthurst Collection (on permanent loan) and the Jacques collection of headrests.

The significant historical collection consists of 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, drawings and original prints, including 43 original etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn, 18 and 19th century French and British artworks, including notable French Impressionist and British Pre-Raphaelite collections.

The collection also includes paintings, prints and sculptures by Modern international artists Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, James Rosenquist, Donald Judd and Andy Warhol.

The 1934 bequest of over 550 prints from Howard Pim forms the nucleus of the gallery's print collections, which currently boasts more than 3 000 pieces. It contains work by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Honoré Daumier, Francisco Goya y Lucientes, James Whistler and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, amongst many others.


Library and archives

The library and archives are a specialised reference resource of information on art, artists, exhibitions, museology and the history of the gallery and the collection.
It contains over 9 000 art books, supplemented by archival material, pamphlets, news-cuttings, art and museum journals, as well as videos, CDs and DVDs. Services include queries on art for all users; and assistance for learners, groups, students from schools and all tertiary institutions. Library and archival material is not for loan. A photocopy facility is available.
Use of the library is by appointment only and interested parties should contact the librarian/archivist, Jo Burger on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The library is open from Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm and on Fridays from 10am to 1pm.


Contact us

Email: jag@joburg,org.za
Enrolment brochure

Join the Friends of the Gallery

Friends of the Johannesburg Art Gallery are dedicated to supporting and enhancing the activities of the gallery. They also organise a wide range of events, allowing members to broaden their knowledge and appreciation of the arts. The mission of the friends is to strive to involve the whole community in the gallery so that all may benefit. By becoming a member you will share in the life and support of this special institution.




Profile of curator


The chief curator of the Johannesburg Art Gallery is driven by a passion for art that will make the gallery a benchmark for Africa.

Past exhibitions

Pinky Promise
JAG celebrates
Permanent exhibitions
Works on Paper
Waiting for God
The building
Without Masks

Past workshops

Untribe/Untribing workshop


dalou_thumbA valuable late 19th century bronze artwork has been stolen from the Johannesburg Art Gallery. If you come across it, or have any information, please contact the curator on 082 574 7606/725 3130. The sculpture, General Lazare Hoche by French sculptor Jules Dalou, is 71cm tall.


Plan your visit

Where to find us:

Joubert Park Gardens
King George Street
Joubert Park

Take the Gautrain to Park Station and board the Rea Vaya C3 bus. Drop off at the Johannesburg Art Gallery station.

Rea Vaya
From Soweto, take the Rea Vaya T1 bus. Drop off at the Johannesburg Art Gallery station.


Opening hours:

Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am – 5pm (Closed on Christmas Day and the Day of Goodwill)






Disabled access

There is an book shop at the gallery, where visitors can purchase local and international art books, journals and exhibition catalogues.


Parking is available in front of the gallery, drive through the King George Street entrance.



Trained voluntary guides conduct tours of the gallery’s permanent and temporary exhibitions. Tours are offered on request to schools, technikons, university students, community centres and organisations, and groups of a minimum of 10 people. One-on-one tours for physically or mentally challenged visitors are also offered.


Bookings must be made in advance by contacting Tiny Malefane +27 (0)11 725 3130 ext 213
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