26 November 2017 – February 2018
What does an elephant skull have to do with abstract sculpture? How did conservators foil a hidden attack from Germany? Why would you find a unicorn under a mulberry tree? Explore the surprising answers to these mysteries at Spellbinders, an exhibition dealing with the art of stories – and the stories of art. The works on display will offer visitors a chance to see some rarely displayed works such as 500 year old German Gothic sculptures and valuable books and fascinating archival material, as well as the secret paintings behind some of our most well-loved works. Visitors can expect to see a wide range of the Johannesburg Art Gallery’s artworks and artists from intricate Albrecht Dürer etchings and Dutch still lifes to master artists like Pablo Picasso, Odilon Redon and Gerard Sekoto, as well as a selection of contemporary works that shed new light on their historical counterparts. Whether you are an art aficionado, an aspiring art detective, or simply enjoy a good story, this exhibition is a must see.