Spring day – 1 September

“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.

 

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4 thoughts on “Spring day – 1 September

    • Wasn’t it just? I had an excellent time 🙂 The murals are such a clever idea. They should have more of it, give young artists an opportunity to express their work and everyone can enjoy it.

  1. Sounds like a lovely day! I clicked on your link of Maboneng District … and learned a lot. A mixed-use kind of place. Love that! I so enjoy learning about places. Thanks for including the link. 🙂

    • Yes, it is all part of the upliftment of the inner city so I think they really come up with inventive ways to use the space and buildings they have and transform it into interesting places that people would visit.

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