Since it opened in 1990, the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg has become one of the top fine art venues in South Africa. Operated on a non-commercial basis, over the years the gallery has hosted the cream of the crop of the local and international art scene, showcasing the work of leading contemporary artists such as William Kentridge and Penny Siopis, as well as old South African masters like JH Pierneef and Gerard Sekoto.
The gallery has also hosted retrospective exhibitions of the finest works by major European artists such as the record breaking Picasso and Africa exhibition in 2006, a Marc Chagall exhibition in 2000 and a major exhibition of works by Matisse in 2016 . The Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award winner’s exhibition presents the work of the winner of this prestigious prize and takes place annually. Previous winners have included William Kentridge and Jane Alexander.
In addition to the main exhibition programme, the gallery also runs exhibitions that show off Standard Bank’s collection of historically significant African and South African arts and crafts, including cultural items such as figurines, drums, masks, clothing and ritual objects, as well as beadwork, textiles and valuable ceramic pieces.
- Weekdays: 8am to 4.30pm
- Saturdays: 9am to 1pm
- Sundays and public holidays: Closed