Art Gallery of South Australia


Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
Established 1881
Location North Terrace, Adelaide, Australia
Type Art gallery
Website http://www.artgallery.sa.gov.au

The Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), located on the cultural boulevard of North Terrace in Adelaide, is the premier visual arts museum in the Australian state of South Australia. It has a collection of over 35,000 works of art, making it, after the National Gallery of Victoria, the largest state art collection in Australia.[1] It was known as the National Gallery of South Australia until 1967 when the current name was adopted.

The Art Gallery is located adjacent to State Library of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide, AGSA is part of Adelaide's North Terrace cultural precinct and has more than 510,000 visitors annually. As well as its permanent collection, the AGSA displays a number of visiting exhibition every year,[2] and also contributes travelling exhibitions to regional galleries. [3]

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History

The gallery was established in 1881 and opened in two rooms of the public library by Prince Albert Victor and Prince George, later George V of Great Britain. The present building dates from 1900 and was extended in 1936 and 1962.[4] Subsequent renovations and a significant extension of the building which opened in 1996 added contemporary display space without compromising the interior of the original Victorian building.

Collection

The AGSA is renowned for its collections of Australian art, notably Indigenous Australian and colonial art, British art (including a large collection by Morris & Co.) and Japanese art.[5] It has important works of the Heidelberg school including Tom Roberts' The Breakaway, and Arthur Streeton's Road to Templestowe. [4] The mid-twentieth century is represented by works by Russell Drysdale, Arthur Boyd and Sydney Nolan. European landscape paintings include works by Jacob Isaakszoon van Ruisdael, Salomon van Ruysdael, Joseph Wright of Derby and watercolours by Turner. British portrait painters are well represented in the collection which includes Robert Peake, Antony van Dyck, Peter Lely and Thomas Gainsborough. [5] Other works include paintings by Goya, Francesco Guardi, Pompeo Batoni and Camille Corot.[5] Sculpture includes works by Rodin, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Jacob Epstein. [5]

See also

  • South Australian Living Artists Festival

References

  1. ^ Adelaide: Art Gallery of SA Extensions, Architecture Australia, May/June 1996. Accessed on 2007-05-19.
  2. ^ AGSA Exhibitions
  3. ^ AGSA Touring Exhibitions 2011
  4. ^ a b Barbara Cooper and Maureen Matheson, The World Museums Guide, McGraw-Hill, (1973) ISBN 070129258
  5. ^ a b c d AGSA Collection

External links

Coordinates: 34°55′14″S 138°36′14″E / 34.920638°S 138.603939°E / -34.920638; 138.603939



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