2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres
Exhibition season update: The Art Gallery of South Australia will reopen its doors to the public on Friday 5 June. Monster Theatres will be extended until Sunday 2 August. Details are available here
Defined by experimentation and an expansive vision, the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art has created career-defining opportunities for more than 350 artists and presented to almost one million visitors since 1990. In 2020, the Adelaide Biennial celebrates a 30-year milestone as the nation’s longest-running curated survey of contemporary Australian art.
The Adelaide Biennial is the register of the new, the enduring and the urgent. Monster Theatres proposes an arena of speculation, a circus of the unorthodox and the absurd, a shadow play between truth and fiction. The title is inspired by a group of provocative Australian artists. Their urgent works of art are warnings made manifest. These theatres are theirs. The exhibition is populated by duplicitous robots, toxic goddesses and impossible chimeras. You will be taken behind the scenes, beckoned on underwater odysseys, or invited to slumber with live bees.
2020 Adelaide Biennial Artists
Abdul Abdullah (NSW) Aphids (TAS) Mike Bianco (WA) Polly Borland (VIC) Michael Candy (QLD) Megan Cope (VIC) Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari (WA) Julian Day (NSW) Karla Dickens (NSW) Mikala Dwyer (VIC) Brent Harris (VIC) Aldo Iacobelli (SA) Pierre Mukeba (SA) David Noonan (VIC) Mike Parr (NSW) Julia Robinson (SA) Yhonnie Scarce (SA/VIC) Garry Stewart and Australian Dance Theatre (SA) Stelarc (VIC) Kynan Tan (NSW) Mark Valenzuela (SA) Willoh S. Weiland (TAS) Judith Wright (QLD)
Adelaide Biennial at Adelaide Botanic Garden
Mike Bianco's celebrated and critically acclaimed Biennial project Anthrocomb could not be extended past the original closing date of the 2020 Adelaide Biennial. In case you missed the chance to experience Anthrocomb, you can find out more about the work here
From Monday 8 June, visitors will still be able to experience Julia Robinson's Beatrice, Michael Candy's Big Dipper, Mark Valenzuela's Once bitten, twice shy and Yhonnie Scarce's In the Dead House.
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'Monster Theatres' is irresistible.
Leigh Robb’s absorbing curation, ‘Monster Theatres’, is both artistically and politically coherent
This biennial brings a refreshing pychological depth, reflective gaze and energy to our fears.
This is a brave exhibition on many levels. It feels a bit like a slow dance between veiled narratives and the raw and revealed.
- Stelarc Live Performances | Sat 29 Feb
- Mike Parr Live Performances | Fri 28 Feb – Wed 4 MarLive Performances | Sat 29 Feb
- Adelaide Biennial Artist Talks | Sat 29 Feb
- Mike Bianco Live Performances | Sat 29 Feb & Sun 1 Mar
- Adelaide Biennial Keynote - Larissa Hjorth | Sat 29 Feb
- Adelaide Biennial Keynote - Stelarc | Sun 1 Mar
- Adelaide Biennial Artist Talks | Sun 1 Mar
- Julian Day Live Performance | Sun 1 Mar
- Howl by APHIDS | Wed 11 Mar - Fri 13 Mar
Lindsay Ferris Head of Communications, Art Gallery of South Australia
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Presented in association with the Adelaide Festival, with generous support from the Australia Council for the Arts, the Adelaide Biennial Ambassadors Program and The Balnaves Foundation.