Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

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    Art Gallery of South Australia

    by wabat Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    The Gallery was established in 1861 and is located next door to the South Australian Museum on North Terrace.

    Except for visiting exhibitions (entry fee payable) you won’t find any classical masters’ works here. What you will find, from its stock of 38,000 works, is an excellent collection of Australian, European, North American and Asian works including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, textiles, furniture, ceramics, metalwork and jewellery thoughtfully displayed in a beautiful 1900 classical Greek porticoed building. The Gallery is deservedly noted for its Aboriginal works - quality pieces as opposed to quantity.

    In addition to external visiting exhibitions the gallery also runs its own (free entry) special short-term exhibitions – two were running when I visited (in Dec 2012). The guy in pink – see photo - was from Teeth of the rice plant, a touching exhibition of Chinese and Indonesian political art (runs to 10 March 2013). The other short-term exhibition Your Gallery (runs to 31 March 2013) is the result of asking the public to decide which works of art from the Gallery’s collection they wanted to see on display – result – the Australian public has good taste (did anyone ever doubt that?). See the website below for exhibitions on when you want to visit.

    While I didn’t eat there, the Gallery has a fairly impressive looking restaurant/ café including seats in an external courtyard.

    Allow about an hour and a half.

    Gallery opening hours – Every day except Christmas Day, 10am – 5pm

    Admission : Permanent collection and internal special exhibitions free


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    Interesting Art Gallery

    by SallyM Updated Jul 27, 2014

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    The gallery has exhibition space over three levels. From the main entrance in North Terrace, visitors start on the upper ground floor, with galleries of Australian and European art, and contemporary art. The Lower ground floor has galleries devoted to decorative arts, Islamic and Asian art, as well as the inevitable shop and restaurant. The basement is used for temporary exhibitions.

    I found it a very enjoyable gallery to visit. Whilst there is a lot to see, it’s not so large as to be overwhelming, and there are some interesting juxtapositions of older and contemporary work. One minute you can be looking at nineteenth century Australian landscapes and the next at a disturbing piece by the Chapman brothers which can only be described as Bridge Over the River Kwai as imagined by Ronald McDonald [ Das swings und roundabouts fur der kinder? Ja? Nein! Schweinhund!]

    There are free guided tours of the collection daily at 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. and free lunchtime short talks about works of art on display at 12.30 p.m. every day except Tuesday.
    Admission is free, except for special exhibitions.

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    Art Gallery of South Australia

    by leffe3 Written Oct 11, 2012

    Immediately next door to the South Australian Museum on North Terrace, AGSA.

    Established in 1881, opening within rooms of the State Library complex, the Gallery moved to its present location in 1900 and the classical Greek porticoed facade so beloved of architects of galleries of the time. But it has been significantly extended since its opening to house the 36,000 pieces of work held in the collection - the second largest in Australia after the NGV in Melbourne.

    AGSA is particularly well known for its collection of Australian art from early (European) days to the present and has a policy of promoting local and Australia-wide living artists.

    The Gallery is open every day of the year except Christmas Day, 10am-5pm

    Admission is free except to some large exhibitions.

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    THE ADELAIDE ART GALLERY

    by balhannah Updated Jul 11, 2012

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    The Art Gallery is another impressive building on North Terrace.

    Founded in 1881, the Art Gallery of South Australia is home to one of Australia's great art collections.
    Asian Art, Decorative Arts, Rhianon Vernon-Roberts Memorial Collection of contemporary Australian jewellery, Aboriginal, contemporary, Australian, European, North American and more are displayed.
    I like the collection of Australian art from the time of European settlement in the early 19th century to the present day.

    In addition to the permanent collection displays, exhibitions are held.
    We saw the America's Cup when it was in Australia, it was on display in the Art gallery.

    Art Gallery Restaurant is open every day from 10 am to 4.30 pm.
    The Gallery Shop is open from 10 am to 4.45 pm every day.
    Parking is available opposite the Art Gallery in the Wilson’s Carpark on North Terrace.
    Wheelchair and pram access is available to all areas of the Art Gallery. Wheelchairs can also be borrowed while visiting the Art Gallery and are available from the North Terrace main entrance.

    OPEN....Daily....10 am to 5 pm
    A printable map of the gallery is available here.

    ADMISSION IS FREE.
    Charges apply for some exhibitions.

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    Not just any stale aired art museum.

    by aberacadabra Written Mar 25, 2009

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    Ok, the top bit may be slightly untrue, because the air in the main gallery is stale. But the area where they hold one off temporary exhibitions, like the one advertised on Japanese art, is well lit and brings out the best in the exhibits.
    The main galleries where permament pieces art kept are free, whereas temporary exhibitions do command an entrance fee. Do go for the temporary exhibitions as they are quite good.

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    by norain Updated Nov 4, 2008

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    The Art Gallery is located on leafy North Terrace approximately half way between Kintore Avenue and Frome Road between the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide.

    Opening Hours
    The Gallery is open every day of the year from 10am - 5pm except 25 December (Christmas Day).

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    Art Gallery Of South Australia

    by kelyeah Written Apr 14, 2008

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    The Art Gallery of South Australia holds one of Australia’s finest art collections, housed in one of Adelaide’s most beautiful historic buildings.
    It has two main levels filled with art works from many different genres, eras and types. There is also a basement level which is generally reserved for special exhibitions which you will need to pay to see, otherwise entry to the gallery is free.

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    Art Gallery of South Australia

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 12, 2006

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    The Art Gallery was officially opened in 1881. The gallery’s collection is separated into four main areas: drawings and prints, European and Asian decorative arts, Australian decorative arts, painting and sculpture.

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    The Art Gallery of South Australia

    by dlandt Updated Jan 19, 2006

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    Although technically free, a small donation is requested for the gallery. This is surprising in itself given the number and quality of the works presented. My thanks to the South Australian taxpayer, I guess. The museum has diverse and categorized sections dealing with each era of the local history, as well as Aboriginal, extra-regional, Asian, and European art. You could potentially spend several days here. I would stack this collection up against all but a handful of art museums in Europe and North America. The museum is immaculately cared for, carefully explained, and meticulously presented. Somehow, despite showing many different forms of art, they manage to keep the motif Australian and somewhat regional, keenly keeping my interest.

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    The Art Gallery of South Australia

    by Winged Updated Oct 2, 2005

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    It's so nice that there are places to visit with free entry! While you won't find too many Picassos or Michaelangelos here, this is a really good art gallery if you're into that kind of thing (and even if you're not, hey, it's not like it's costing you anything to have a peek). They have quite a bit of local (both Australian and South Australian) art - the only local artist I'd heard of was Hills-dweller Hans Heysen - and Aboriginal art, as well as modern art - they have sculptures and other non-paintings on display too. Every so often they rotate some of the pieces on display, so if you have been before, there will still be new things to see.

    They run guided tours and I happened to show up just as one was starting. So I ended up tagging along and really enjoyed it. I know nothing about art and don't have any particular interest in art, so I really enjoyed the tour because they point out things I would never notice myself. It's quite possible that on a quiet day, you could be the only one on the tour, in which case you could really make use of the interesting guides to find out about the pictures and wings you're interested in.

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    THE ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

    by BerniShand Written Jan 8, 2005

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    established in 1881 the art gallery has some wonderful pieces of Aboriginal art, the best collection we saw in Australia, the 20th century Australian art collection is very good also, but the rest of the paintings were not very impressive
    there are some nice pieces of porceline and furniture, but nothing as special as the Aboriginal collection

    the gallery is open from 10am to 5 pm daily, there are free guided tours, and there is a book shop and cafe

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    The Art Gallery of South Australia

    by lotharscheer Written Dec 12, 2014

    The Art Gallery of South Australia has some quite nice paintings of Australian as well as European Painters. Free except for temporary exhibitions.

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