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

Parallel Collisions explores the ways in which ideas form, converge and re-form through time. Twenty-one artists employ the resources of the past – imagery, materials, processes or research from literature, cinema and art history – to reimagine the past in the present or even visualise the future.

Parallel Collisions is both the title and the conceptual framework of the 2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, and plays out the tensions and contradictions inherent to contemporary art today. Presented over two physical platforms – the Elder Wing of Australian Art and the temporary exhibitions galleries – the Parallel Collisions brings the past into dialogue with the present.


Natasha Bullock and Alexie Glass-Kantor


Richard Bell, Stephen Bram, Pat Brassington, Philip Brophy, Robert Cook vs Max Pam, Timothy Cook, Daniel Crooks, Nicholas Folland, Pat Foster & Jen Berean, Marco Fusinato, Shaun Gladwell, Susan Jacobs, Jonathan Jones, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Rosemary Laing, Rob McLeish, Tom Nicholson, Philip Samartzis, Tim Silver, Ricky Swallow and Michelle Ussher.

Presented in association with the Adelaide Festival. The exhibition has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments, as well as Arts SA, the Government of South Australia. The 2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art has been generously supported by Principal Donor The Balnaves Foundation, as well as Exhibition Designers Minifie van Schaik Architects and Fabio Ongarato Design. Special thanks to Adelaide Beaches Holiday Villas.