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“Great gallery, bad area.”

Johannesburg Art Gallery
Ranked #69 of 173 things to do in Johannesburg
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Owner description: South African artworks blend with worldwide masterpieces in this elegant museum, considered by many to be the best international art collection in the country.
Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 reviews
“Great gallery, bad area.”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

The gallery itself is fantastic with amazing works of art on display at any given time. Unfortunately the urban decay in the area has made it inaccessible to anyone who is apprehensive of the crime in the inner city.

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Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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62 reviews
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“Arty”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

I beleive it has changed. I used to enjoy walking around with my parents and also showing my kids. But wont go back as same old stuff that unfortunately doesnt impress me anymore.

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Johannesburg
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158 reviews
61 attraction reviews
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“Jewel in the city centre”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

Wow, what a great gallery! World famous names and great collections of African art as well. It makes the area around it seem quite sophisticated although it is actually seedy. How about using this as a focal point for upgrading the area city council?

Visited June 2012
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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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84 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“Pity it's not bigger!”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

I cannot pass judgement on the permanent collection as, at the time of my visit, most of it had been removed to accomodate an important temporary exhibit, a retrospective of the Artist Proof Studio. I am not a fan of contemporary art, as I'm often under the impression that many a work cannot possibly be qualified as art. However, I was in for a very pleasant surprise at the JAG. The quantity and quality of the workd presented was very high, the styles and tecniques varied. The gallery could really do with more space, maybe a better venue, however the building is easy to go around and the works are presented in a modern way. Plus, it's free (although they do deserve your donation!)

Visited May 2012
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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66 reviews
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“A diamond in the rough”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

The Johannesburg Art Gallery is situated in a rough part of the city. We made our way there via GPS and never had any problems. The gallery offers everything from old masters to contemporary artists. Housed in a beautiful complex of buildings, the only example of a design by the architect Lutyens in South Africa.

Visited May 2012
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