« From Manet to Picasso » Treasures of the Johannesburg Art Gallery and the Léon Dierx Museum from La Reunion Island [fr]
For the first time ever, the French art collections from the Léon Dierx Museum and the Johannesburg Art Gallery covering the second half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century of are gathered together in a single exhibition.
From Édouard Manet to Pablo Picasso, including Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot and Auguste Rodin, this exhibition brings together more than 200 masterpieces from these two exceptional collections.
This project has been made possible thanks to the collaboration between the Léon Dierx Museum and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. It is part of a historic partnership between Reunion Island and South Africa.
The public will be fully able to enjoy this exhibition with audio guides, and illustrated presentations, both in French and English. The main masterpieces will also be available on smartphone via QR Code.
Beyond the political and economic partnership, Reunion Island has created strong cultural links with South Africa. In 2005, the Léon Dierx Museum welcomed David Goldblatt, symbol of the South African photography, and presented the exhibition "About Values". In 2013, within the framework of the cross cultural seasons France-South Africa, "Bridges"– a collaboration work dealing with religions in both countries by the South African photographer Andrew Tshabangu and Reunion photographer René-Paul Savignan – was also shown.
Workshops for children
The museum will organise workshops for children entitled "Multiples & Printing". The activities aim to make young people aware of how to reproduce artworks and all the elements involved (signature, numbering, etc.). Before each session, staff from the museum will offer a guided tour of the exhibition.
Holidays: March 2017 – 5 days / May 2017 – 5 days / a parent-child session will be organised for one Saturday (TBC).
From 27 February to 3 March 2017, the museum will offer seminars about impressionism and its historic significance; the importance of original etching in artistic productions of the late nineteenth century; the influence of the Japanese style on the Nabis people and about the artists and their relationship with the urban concept at the turn of the twentieth century.
After-hours guided tours
Given the significance of this exhibition, after-hours guided tours will be organised to reach a wider audience. These tours will be on offer every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm.
About Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG):
The Johannesburg Art Gallery, often referred to as JAG, is located in the centre of Joubert Park in the heart of the business district of Johannesburg. The biggest gallery on the sub-continent, JAG boasts over 9,000 works of art, displayed in 15 exhibition halls and sculpture gardens.
It houses collections of 17th-century Dutch paintings, 18th- and 19th-century British and European art, 19th-century South African works, a large contemporary collection of 20th-century local and international art, and a print cabinet containing works from the 15th century to the present. The Johannesburg Art Gallery’s incredible collection of art includes sculpture, multi-media displays, painting, etching and photography. With the largest art collection in Africa, the Jo’burg Art Gallery’s 15 exhibition halls and sculpture gardens display only about 10 percent of its entire collection at any one time.
About Léon Dierx Museum:
The Léon Dierx Museum has an exceptional art collection, one of its kind among the French overseas territories. The museum opened its doors on November 12th 1912. Eclectic at first, the Léon Dierx Museum gradually specialised in the fine arts after the Second World War. Each consecutive curator enriched this collection - in which one can find works by all the well-known French avant-garde artists of the time.
In 1990, this collection was enriched with additional more contemporary, artworks resonating with the existing historical modern collections. Its’ temporary exhibitions, featuring artists from Reunion Island, from the Indian Ocean region, from Europe and extra-European artists, have made this museum a must-visit place for art lovers.