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

A large survey of current Australian art inspired by modernism, the 2006 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art registers a shift away from the melancholic collapse of certainty that underpinned post-modern art. Across the exhibition artists respond to the collaborative, experimental or utopian spirit of modern art movements; they give a digital twist to modern forms, and pay homage to modern artists and revive childhood encounters with modern design across its multidisciplinary forms.

To complement 21st Century Modern, the Art Gallery of South Australia presents an exhibition of modernist art and design from its collection, including works by Roland Wakelin, Ralph Balson, Grace Crowley, Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, Margaret Wirth, Frances Burke, Clement Meadmore, Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski and many others.


Linda Michael


Brook Andrew, James Angus, Frank Bauer, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, Debra Dawes, Domenico de Clario, A.D.S. Donaldson, Gareth Donnelly, Diena Georgetti , Shane Haseman, Rafaat Ishak, Narelle Jubelin, Anne-Marie May, John Meade, Arlo Mountford, Vanila Netto, John Nixon, Rose Nolan, Robert Owen, Andrew Petrusevics, Scott Redford, Jackie Redgate, Robert Rooney, David Rosetzky, Slave (Kain Picken, Rob McKenzie, Nick Selenitsch and Christopher L G Hill, with contributions from Lizzy Newman, Mikala Dwyer and Grant Stevens), Daniel von Sturmer and Anne Wallace.

Presented in association with the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts. The exhibition has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. The 2006 Adelaide Biennial of Australia Art has been generously supported by The Advertiser, Channel 9 and 891 ABC Adelaide.