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Art Gallery of SA visit in May 2019 (by Muriel McKean)

Posted on 19 May, 2019 at 11:00

If you haven’t yet joined in with any of our specially conducted tours of the Art Gallery of South Australia, in North Terrace, Adelaide, then you are really missing out on something special!

As a member of the Burnside Painting Group, you can put your name down to join the Group on their Wednesday monthly tour ---and it does not cost you anything.

Our tour for May (2019) was conducted by guides Maureen and Mary, who gave us their very special knowledge of the newly curated Elder Wing, and the artworks hanging there.

The way that the artworks are now arranged is according to themes rather than timelines or art movements. It does make for interesting viewing and you are made aware of the connections between what at first sight are disparate pieces. However, it can also be irritating as many pieces are hung too high to be viewed properly. I came away with the feeling that the curators wanted their work to be admired as much as the works on display. I like to look at the brushwork on paintings and the delicate painting on pottery and this was not always possible.

This month we started off looking at the wall of William Morris wallpaper where many works were hanging as though collected in a very posh drawing room. Maureen explained to us that the idea behind this collection was to show how the new settlers were now in a position to decorate their homes.

What was also interesting here was the influence of Japanese art on Australian painters such as Rupert Bunny and Tom Roberts at a time when Japanese trading had opened up again. Our guides were superb in pointing out so many details in these paintings I would otherwise have missed.

But this is only a snippet, and I enjoyed it immensely even if I’m sniping! You must go yourself and see those things or come with us on our monthly Wednesdays.

Our guides told us that the artworks will be changed around from time to time, so don’t delay.

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