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.

CHELSEA PORCELAIN WORKS, Chelsea, London, manufacturer, Britain, operating around 1745-1756, Bouquet scent-bottle, c.1760, Chelsea, London, porcelain, gold, 6.6 x 3.1 cm (diam.); The Walker Lowe Collection 1990, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Curator's Insight

Rebecca Evans examines the continued impact of William Morris and Morris & Co on International craft

Aki Inomata, Japan, born 1983, Think Evolution #1: Kiku-ishi (Ammonite), 2016-17, Tokyo, HD video, 2 minutes, sound; Mary Phyllis Henderson Bequest Fund through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, ©︎AKI INOMATA / Courtesy of MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY.

Curator's Insight

Russell Kelty introduces Aki Inomata's Think Evolution #1 to the collection

Olafur Eliasson, Denmark, born 1967, Dark matter collective, 2018, Berlin, 217 partially silvered glass spheres, paint (black), stainless steel, 171.0 x 169.0 x 67.5 cm; James and Diana Ramsay Fund 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, © 2018 Olafur Eliasson, photo: Jens Ziehe/Photographie.

Director's Insight

Rhana Devenport introduces Olafur Eliasson’s sculpture, Dark matter collective to the collection

detail: Chiharu Shiota, Japan, born 1972, Absence Embodied, 2018, Berlin and Adelaide, red wool, bronze, plaster, dimensions variable; Gift of the Gwinnett family through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2018, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, installation view: Absence Embodied, 2018, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, photo: Saul Steed.

Curator's Insight

Chiharu Shiota's installation Absence Embodied weaves its way through Gallery 14

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Britain, born 1977, The Black Watchful, 2018, London, oil on canvas, 200.0 x 150.0 cm; James and Diana Ramsay Fund 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye/Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Curator's Insight

Leigh Robb writes on Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's work, The Black Watchful

Yong Joo Kim, South Korea, born 1982, Crossing the chasm op.4, 2017, Seoul, VELCROⓇ Brand hook and loop fastener, thread, 39.0 x 23.0 x 4.5 cm; Gift of Truus and Joost Daalder through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2017, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Courtesy the artist, photo: Grant Hancock.

Curator's Insight

Rebecca Evans shares insight into the Daalder Collection of contemporary jewellery

BRITAIN, London (possibly a bull's head maker's mark), Standing salt, 1583-84, London, silver gilt, 27.5 x 10.2 x 10.4 cm; Gift of Gladys Penfold Hyland in memory of her husband Frank 1964, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Insight into Standing Salt

Hear more about the Gallery's silver-gilt masterpiece from Elizabethan time

photo: Nat Rogers

Curator's Insight

Maria Zagala writes about 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 insight into a new acquisition 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