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Art Gallery of South Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia

The Art Gallery of South Australia was established in 1881 and has an impressive collection of Aboriginal art, including many non-traditional works with overtly political content; major works by the Western Desert school of Aboriginal artists are on permanent display in Gallery 7. There's a fine selection of colonial art, too, and it's interesting to trace the development of Australian art from its European-inspired beginnings up to the point where the influence of the local light, colours and landscape begin to take over.


 


The collection of twentieth-century Australian art includes works by Sidney Nolan, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington-Smith. There's also a large collection of twentieth-century British art, including paintings by Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell (Virginia Woolf's sister). The gallery has an excellent bookshop and coffee shop too.