The first major survey exhibition of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists.

The Art Gallery of South Australia presents the first major survey exhibition of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty.

The exhibition extends from Quilty’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. The exhibition also includes works inspired by Quilty’s visits with author Richard Flanagan to Lebanon, Lesbos and Serbia, his revisions of the Australian landscape, and raw, intimate portraits of himself, his family and his friends.

‘My work is about working out how to live in this world, it’s about compassion and empathy but also anger and resistance. Through it I hope to push compassion to the front of national debate.’ Artist Ben Quilty

Developed by the Art Gallery of South Australia and curated by Assistant Director, Artistic Programs Lisa Slade, the exhibition will be unveiled in Adelaide before a year of touring.

Touring Dates

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art | 29 Jun - 13 Oct 2019
Art Gallery of New South Wales | 9 Nov 2019 - 2 Feb 2020

Curators

Dr Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs

Principal Donor
  • Neilson Foundation
National Sponsor
  • Lipman Karas Logo

Presented in Adelaide as part of the 2019 Adelaide Festival.