The country’s longest-standing survey of contemporary Australian art.

The 1990 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art is the inaugural exhibition presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia, a survey of the latest trends in Australian artistic practice.

Curator Mary Eagle states: “Over the past twenty years the avant-garde has broken down. We are between times. Behind is the ‘modern’ period (which encompassed the Impressionists at one end and recent American art at the other). Ahead is whatever comes next.”

Featuring the work of thirty-eight artists from around Australia, with each State and Territory represented, the exhibition demonstrates the breadth and depth of contemporary Australian art, and illuminates the current and future concerns of artists practicing today.


Mary Eagle


Tom Alberts, Andrew Arnaoutopoulos, England Bangala, Gordon Bennett, Janet Burchill, Jeff Burgess, Timothy Burns, Peter Callas, Mutlu Cerkez, Antonio Colangelo, Brett Colquhoun, eX de Medici, Anne Ferran, Dorothy Galaledba, Rosalie Gascoigne, Fiona Hall, Antony Hamilton, Hewson/Walker, David Jensz, Narelle Jubelin, Elisabeth Kruger, Nikolaus Lang, Fiona MacDonald, Bea Maddock, Robyn McKinnon, Tim Maguire, Les Midikuria, Ken Orchard, Tom Risley, Carol Rudyard, Bernhard Sachs, Tjunkaya Tapaya, Howard Taylor, Rover Thomas, Ruth Waller, Geoffrey Weary and Karl-Wilhelm Wiebke.

The 1990 Adelaide Biennial of Contemporary Australian Art is an Art Gallery of South Australia exhibition presented in association with the Adelaide Festival. The exhibition is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, and generously supported by Foundation S.A. and Santos Ltd.