The international collection includes extensive holdings of European and North American art dating from ancient Rome to the present. Highlights include an encyclopaedic array of modern British paintings, more than 3,000 European Old Master prints and paintings, 2,000 pieces of decorative art and twenty bronzes by Modernist sculptor Auguste Rodin. The contemporary international collection crosses artistic and geographic boundaries, representing diverse mediums and countries – such us sculptures and installations by the Young British Artists, painting by Sean Scully, sculpture by Thomas Hirschhorn, couture by Iris van Herpen and digital video work by Russia’s AES+F and Japan’s teamLab. Highlights on display include Berlinde de Bruyckere’s confronting We are all Flesh and Chiharu Shiota’s monumental string work Absence Embodied.

photo: Nat Rogers

Curator's Insight

Maria Zagala writes about 'Landscapes (Paysages)' a set of delicate colour lithographs by Roussel.

Tracey Emin, Britain, born 1963, Save Me, 2018, London, neon, 48.0 x 122.0 cm; Gift of Peggy Barker, Dianne Finnegan, David McKee AO, Pam McKee, Jill Russell and Tracey Whiting through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation Collectors Club 2018, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, © Tracey Emin/Copyright Agency.

Curator's Insight

Leigh Robb shares the power of language by with 'Save Me' by Tracey Emin.

MORRIS & COMPANY, London, Britain, 1861 - 1940, May Morris, Britain, 1862 - 1938, Erlistoun Mitchell, Australia, 1868 - 1913, Vine leaf table cover, c.1900, designed London, embroidered Adelaide, silk embroidery on silk, 110.0 x 110.0 cm; Bequest of Joanna Erlistoun Simpson (née Thomson) through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Curator's Insight

Leanne Santoro shares four major embroideries from Morris & Co.