Event Details

Condition Report

Time: October 29, 2014 at 6pm to November 29, 2014 at 7pm
Location: Johannesburg Art Gallery
Street: King George Street
City/Town: Johannesburg
Website or Map: http://www.joburg.org.za/
Phone: 011 447 6543
Event Type: art, exhibition
Organized By: Megan Amy Kidd
Latest Activity: Oct 15, 2014

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Event Description

MEDIA RELEASE: Condition Report


Johannesburg, 29 October 2014: Condition Report is a group exhibition that offers visitors a rare opportunity to glimpse the fascinating world of curating. Produced by postgraduate students from the Curating Exhibitions course at the Wits School of Arts, the exhibition offers a series of responses to rarely seen objects from the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) collection, including German Gothic wooden sculptures, Chinese ceramic roof tiles and Indian temple figures carved in stone.


According to JAG’s contemporary art curator, Musha Neluheni, “these are the oldest objects owned by the museum. They were brought to South Africa under mysterious circumstances in the 1950s and 1960s and do not fit in with the rest of the JAG collection, which mostly comprises European and African art from the 17th century onwards”.


The student curators interrogate these objects, their position, and histories, grappling with the truths about the objects, and revealing the realities of curatorial processes that are often hidden from the audience.


Condition Report consists of twelve individual statements within one exhibition. It offers individual interpretations of these objects whilst at the same showcasing the students’ collective thinking in putting this show together. The displays extend to other collections within JAG, allowing the audience to view more pieces from this world-class collection.


The title, Condition Report, refers to the conservation and presentation aspects of a curator’s relationship with artworks. As an artwork moves from dealers to collections to exhibitions, curators make notes through “condition reports” that are used to track aspects of the physical condition of an artwork. The term also refers to the collection within which these objects have been placed for over fifty years, and the effects of the collection policy on artworks and the institution itself.

Exhibition details:

Title: Condition Report

Location: Johannesburg Art Gallery, King George Street, between Wolmarans and Noord Streets in Joubert Park, Johannesburg.


Opening: 29th October 2014 at 6PM

Gallery Hours: Tue - Sun: 10:00AM - 5:00PM


For exhibition information please contact Megan Kidd at megan@intotogallery.co.za or 084 726 2727


Facebook: Johannesburg Art Gallery

Twitter: @artthisway


JAG Telephone:  011 7253130/80/52

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