Adelaide has a thriving arts and culture scene, and as this year unfolds there are multiple must-see art exhibitions on display. From artworks created solely through augmented reality, to installations and mixed media, these exhibitions will keep you captivated. Be inspired by these artist’s creativity, and learn more about different cultures, backgrounds and time periods. You don’t have to be an artfundi to appreciate the sheer talent and beauty at these art exhibitions in Adelaide.
Fans of the elusive street artist Banksy can look forward to a museum-quality Banksy exhibition coming to Adelaide. This anonymous figure who has defied many of the classic stereotypes of modern artists, has continuously astounded and amazed audiences. Using blank walls as his canvases, his work offers commentary on many of the socio-political issues in the world.
The exhibition will include over 150 artworks as well as multiple installations and is one of the biggest and most complete collections of Banksy’s work. Visitors will be able to enjoy a curated selection of installations, sketches, stencils and sculptures that exemplify Banksy’s creativity and genius.
When: From Aug 24
Where: Myer Centre Adelaide
“Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution” portrays intimate stories of life, love, and Mexico’s 20th-century. Iconic works by artists Frida Kahlo and her long-time partner Diego Rivera will be on display. Both were influential figures of the 20th century and were at the forefront of the cultural avant-garde in post-revolution Mexico. Their work will be displayed along with Mexican contemporaries in this exclusive Australian exhibition.
Visitors will be able to see over 150 pieces, including paintings, photographs, and period clothing. The exhibition situates Kahlo and Rivera in the context of Mexican Modernism, while also featuring other artists like Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, Miguel Covarrubias, and more.
When: 24 Jun – 17 Sep 2023
Where: The Art Gallery Of South Australia
Seeing the Invisible is an exhibition of artworks that have been created using augmented reality technology. Visitors will walk along a 1km trail around the Garden to discover an incredible, hidden art exhibition that is not visible through the naked eye. Using a smartphone or device you will be able to reveal the 13 artworks nestled amongst the plants.
The artworks address themes around nature, environment and sustainability and their digital format removes any need to physically disturb the nature around them. Many of the works also have an interactive element, offering a fun and unique way to explore the space where art, technology and nature intersect.
When: Every Saturday until 30th Sept
Where: Botanic Gardens Of South Adelaide
This exhibition provides First Nations artists from all over South Australia with the opportunity to showcase their art and culture at South Australia’s premier arts facility. The exhibition includes a variety of art across a diverse range of media. OUR MOB is held for the purpose of reconciliation and aims to demonstrate the power of art in bringing together diverse peoples.
When: 19 Aug–7 Oct 2023
Where: Adelaide Festival Centre
PRIDE is the first major presentation of Ngarigo artist Peter Waples-Crowe’s work in South Australia. The artwork in this series highlights Aboriginal queer visibility as well as Peter’s dedication to his community.
Working across drawing, collage, sculpture and moving images, Peter’s work is mainly based on personal experiences. He has been influenced by his adoption and reconnection with his Ngarigo heritage, and his experience as a community health worker within Aboriginal and LGBTQIA2+ health. PRIDE is an unapologetic statement about standing up and representing yourself.
When: 2 Sept – 28 Oct 2023
Where: Adelaide Contemporary Experimental
This series of curated works highlights the complex and radical changes that occurred in Australian art after the Second World War. These changes included the revelation of Aboriginal art, the feminist art movement and the rise of conceptual art and postmodernism. This art exhibition challenges preconceptions of art in Australia as being isolated or singular and broadens the view of what Australian art is.
Where: The Art Gallery Of South Australia