Experience exhilarating exhibitions

Our art gallery is not your conventional gallery with white walls and stark open spaces – we make art more accessible to everyone.

While we are proud of our corporate art collection, which is one of the largest in Africa and in the top 10 globally, the art we exhibit in our gallery is not only the works of pioneering art masters, but rather that of dynamic, inspiring and emerging visual artists. More than simply preserving the continent’s art legacy, we are committed to shining the spotlight on works of young African artists to bring their possibilities to life.

“We believe in giving art light by nurturing the talent that we have within the continent.” ~ Dr. Paul Bayliss, Senior Specialist Art Curator.

Although banking is not something you usually associate with art, it’s part of our DNA. Our buildings are filled with art. In fact, the gallery is currently located in Absa Towers North in central Johannesburg – a space that showcases major artworks that were commissioned while the building was being designed; allowing artists and architects to work together to create a beautiful space.

The artworks in these larger spaces include:

  • A huge colourful marvel by artist, Karel Nel, titled ‘Place of Nature’ hangs in the reception area
  • Five, six-storey tall tuft carpet banners by Norman Catherine — hand-woven by rural men
  • An 11-metre tall Walter Oltmann wire sculpture depicting replicas of carved African chairs, weighing half a ton
  • A two-storey tall metal mobile of the old City of Johannesburg, shown against the newer, more modern city in perfect balance; created by Lewis Levin, Paul Cawood and Susan Woolf. It moves slowly, making a cycle every 20 minutes

Current Exhibitions

Skin, Bone, Fire:
The First Album

Upcoming Exhibitions



02 February - 06 March 2020

  • "Skin, Bone, Fire: The First Album": Philiswa Lila

15 March - 01 May 2020

  • Marguerite Kirsten solo exhibition

15 March - 01 May 2020

  • Marguerite Kirsten solo exhibition

10 May - 19 June 2020

  • Asanda Kupa and Kirsteen Eksteen exhibition

3D tours

Resistance is Us: An intergenerational visual conversation

3D Tours

2019 Absa L'Atelier winning artists

3D Tours

TRIPE: A rubber enviroment

3D Tours

Our Contemporary Needs and the Other

Previous Exhibitions

Revisit previous exhibitions

2019 Absa L’Atelier winning artists

27 September

Our contemporary needs and the other

23 June

Molelo Wa Badimo? (Fire of the Ancestors)
by Reatile Moalusi

05 May

Seeking Love by Banele Khoza

17 March

tête-à-tête a group exhibition
by the artists of the Bag Factory

10 February

Contact Us

Absa Art Gallery

Absa Towers North
161 Main Street, City and Suburban,
Johannesburg 2094
Hours: Monday to Friday, 08:30 – 16:30
E-mail: gallery@absa.co.za

Absa arts

Absa L’Atelier art competition

The competition for young African artists.

Absa arts

Money Museum

The history of South Africa’s money.