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Ben Quilty at Art Gallery of South Australia

Mar 2 - Jun 2

Art Gallery of South Australia


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 Lisa Slade, the exhibition will be unveiled in Adelaide before a year of touring. Presented in Adelaide as part of the 2019 Adelaide Festival.

Presented by
National tour presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia with support from the Neilson Foundation as Principal Donor and Lipman Karas as Principal Sponsor.

Image detail
Ben Quilty, Australia, born 1973, The Last Supper, 2016, Southern Highlands, New South Wales, oil on linen, 204.0 x 267.0 cm; Private collection, Courtesy the artist.



Mar 2
Jun 2
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Art Gallery of South Australia
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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