Like my Grandma always used to say, ‘You never go to Roller Derby without seeing a Picasso in real life first.’


So here’s something kind of cool.  Right now, less than 5 kilometres down the road from where I sit in my lounge in this here rocking chair, a mere metal detector walk away, hangs a painting by Picasso.

Last Saturday, hours before yelling my lungs out at Roller Derby (that post coming soon), two friends and I went to the Standard Bank 20th Century Masters Exhibition to take a look.

The exhibition, running until 15 September 2012 is really worth the trip into town.  Although I wasn’t a fan of the newer works, the older pieces, by the masters that we all learnt about in school (of life), are completely mesmorising.  I am fascinated by the lives that these paintings have had.  That they have seen plagues and epidemics and wars and have even survived today’s disposable nature of things.  To hang, unchanged, just so, in a gallery in Johannesburg for us all skinny jeaned and forward thinking, to stand open mouthed, under their spell.

The exhibition is open on Saturdays until 4pm (the website says 1pm but the keeper of the metal detector assured us that, due to popularity, the closing time has changed to 4pm).

Also, you are allowed to take photographs.  We discovered this half way through our walk around.  When a guard saw us trying to take sneaky cellphone pictures he chuckled, shook his head slowly from side to side and said, ‘You can take photos.  Only if you take one of me too.’

Also, taking a photo of your shoes in the mirror artwork is practically mandatory.

These are some snaps of my favourites.   Let me know yours.


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  1. Bailey says:

    I am dying to go! Thanks for the post. PS. Nice shoes :)

  2. Ms. Ameezing says:

    Thanks! :)

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