The Wits Art Museum, better known as WAM, is a striking space, perfectly positioned on the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Jorissen Street. The museum works so well in its current context that it’s hard to believe that, just a short times ago, it was a bustling Braamfontein petrol station. Now that the taxis, petrol fumes and oil stains have gone, what is left is an exciting exhibition venue, perched right at the gateway of the city.
The Wits Art Museum is currently home to two exhibitions, running until October 14th.
The first is the Wits 90 Treasures Exhibition. This collection is presented in honour of Wits University’s 90th birthday and includes many of the treasures that the institution boasts. These include fascinating books and objects, including the handwritten notes of a young Nelson Mandela, the Taung Skull, Herbert Baker’s blueprints of the Union Buildings and ancient clay tablets.
The second is an impressive collection of Santu Mofokeng’s photographs, entitled ‘Chasing Shadows- Thirty Years of Photographic Essays.’ This collection came to WAM after a successful tour through Europe.
Now on home soil, the exhibition displays the work of the seminal artist/photographer Santu Mofokeng, illustrating the lives of middle class black South Africans.
For a truly cultural experience in the city of gold, The Wits Art Museum is clearly the place to be. Keep an eye on the museum’s website for the latest exhibitions and events.