The best of iconic portraiture comes to Adelaide
Prime Minister Steven Marshall announced today that the Art Gallery of South Australia will host the national traveling exhibition exploring the 100-year history of the Archibald Prize.
In addition and in an Australian premiere – Moving Portraits by Robert Wilson – has also been locked for winter 2022. Created by the famous New York theater director, it features a series of captivating video portraits of famous people such as Lada Gaga , Johnny Depp and Isabella Rossellini.
“This is a unique dual program – exclusive to South Australia – and one that will bring people to our state next winter,” said Mr. Marshall.
The Archie 100 features a diverse selection of Archibald portraits, offering a unique insight into the award for Australia’s most famous portrait.
“These exhibits, secured by the Events Advisory Group and the South Australian Tourism Commission, are a major victory for our state and will feature some of the greatest works of art we have seen in the past century,” Premier Marshall said.
“What better way to enjoy winter in Adelaide than to experience these two exhibitions which we know will create tours that boost employment in South Australia.”
AGSA Director Rhana Devenport ONZM expects the two experienced face-to-face exhibitions to appeal to a large audience.
“The Archibald Prize does not need to be presented to the Australian public. This 100-year-long investigation features many South Australian artists, including our own Vincent Namatjira, following his Ramsay Art Prize victory in 2019. AGSA will also present the Australian premiere of the extraordinary video portraits of Robert Wilson whose superbly produced works present a stage on which to reflect on celebrity culture and portraiture in art history in unexpected ways. “
Exhibition season: Saturday July 9 – Monday October 3 (Labor Day) 2022
Media launch and VIP opening dates: Friday July 8, 2022