2014 ADELAIDE BIENNIAL OF AUSTRALIAN ART:

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ABOUT THE BIENNIAL

The Adelaide Biennial has a 26-year history and is the country’s longest running survey of contemporary Australian art. Established in 1990, it was initiated by Daniel Thomas, then Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, as an antipodean version of the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Known for its risk taking, expansive vision and desire to educate and inform the general public about contemporary Australian art, the event demonstrates the Art Gallery of South Australia’s unswerving commitment to current Australian art.

The Adelaide Biennial has always displayed the best contemporary work in the context of Australian artists’ engagement with the world in which they live. It is forward-thinking, timely and perhaps uniquely capable of expressing the dominant concerns and position of the visual arts in our time.


detail: Brook Andrew, Australia II Peace, 2013, mixed media on Belgian linen, 200.0 x 300.0 x 5.0 cm © Brook Andrew. Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne