“Dis heerlike lente, die winter’s verby…”
Yesterday was the first day of Spring and it was a wonderful and sunny day filled with promise of new life as we took extra notice of the changes around us, of colour coming out – patches of green grass and blossoms on the trees. In the morning my friend and I went to the 20th Century masters: the human figure exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery; a collaboration between France and SA that showcases original work of the masters such as Degas, Renoir, Manet, Matisse, Picasso and others. Best of all – the entrance was free!
Most galleries in South Africa feature contemporary art by artists from SA or the African continent so it is a real treat to have access to see the work of European greats. We were amazed at the overwhelming attendance which is testament to the hunger for art and also an appreciation of viewing these up close.
We parked in the basement of the Standard Bank Gallery and were surprised at the murals which transform an ugly concrete car park into a beautiful and colourful display of art.
We had brunch at Pata-Pata at Arts on Main and then explored the streets in the Maboneng district and watched some children play in the streets.
The day was ended with some good wine, food and company at a dinner party at a friend’s house.