Elder Wing of Australian Art
Dec 8, 2018 - Apr 4, 2019Free
The Elder Wing, which opened in 1900, is named after the Gallery’s first major benefactor, Sir Thomas Elder. In 1897 Elder had bequeathed the Gallery the enormous sum of £25,000 for the sole purpose of acquisitions. The Wing, built to house the state’s growing collection, stands today as a testament to his generosity and a tribute to subsequent philanthropy.
The historic Elder Wing has now been transformed with a new presentation of the Australian collection, and with this comes a rethinking of Australian art, its impact and its influence. Utilising a fresh methodology for seeing and experiencing Australian art, history and culture, this renewed display features a series of stories that explore the flexibility of identity and the fluidity of belonging.
Like an ocean, the display is boundless, transnational and with no seeming beginning or end. Based around a series of seven ‘anthologies’, it embodies borderless and inclusive histories, encompassing those works from across the Gallery’s collection areas that expand our expectations of Australian art. Richly informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Pacific Islander, Asian and European heritages and our regional Oceanic identity, the rehang is culturally all-embracing.
Supported by Presented with generous support from the Neilson Foundation.
Elder Wing of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; photo: Saul Steed.