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Art Gallery of South Australia Announces Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide: British Art Now

The Art Gallery of South Australia will mount its largest exhibition ever this year – an Australian-exclusive survey, straight from London’s internationally acclaimed Saatchi Gallery. Exhibition open 30 July – 23 October 2011 .

Art Gallery of South Australia Director, Nick Mitzevich, says that Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide: British Art Now will be the largest exhibition of British contemporary art shown in over a decade in Australia, and the first by the Saatchi Gallery to visit our shores.

Jonathan Wateridge, Jungle Scene With Plane Wreck, 2007, Oil on canvas, 272 x 400 cms, Saatchi Gallery, London

‘The Art Gallery of South Australia will be the only Australian venue to display and celebrate this must-see exhibition, curated by the Saatchi Gallery’s team, which is set to engage and fascinate the Australian art audience’, Mr Mitzevich says.

‘The high profile Saatchi Gallery has been arguably the biggest influence on contemporary British art during the past 25 years, and has spectacularly succeeded in its aim to bring contemporary art to the widest audience possible’.

‘British Art Now will showcase works from its collection by over 40 of the UK’s most important and challenging emerging contemporary artists, and will occupy over half of the Gallery space when it goes on show for three months from July.’

Saatchi Gallery Chief Executive Nigel Hurst says that Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide and the Saatchi Gallery’s collaboration with the city of Adelaide and the Art Gallery of South Australia, presents a wonderful opportunity to bring contemporary British art in the Saatchi Gallery’s collection to a new audience.

‘This is the very first time in Australia for the Saatchi Gallery and this young group of artists. The Art Gallery of South Australia is clearly embracing contemporary art and this exhibition seems like a very natural meeting of hearts and minds’, Mr Hurst says.

Lower image: Tracey Emin, My Bed, 1998 mattress, linens, pillows, objects 79 x 211 x 234 cm Courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London © Tracey Emin

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