Welcome to the Samstag Museum of Art

One of Australia's leading university art museums, the Samstag Museum of Art aims to challenge and engage its audiences with a program of diverse and innovative exhibitions, publications and public activities.

The Samstag Museum presents a changing exhibitions program of contemporary visual art, and art of the past that has relevance for us today.


Samstag Museum of Art is closed for exhibition changeover.
Join us ANZAC Day from 2pm as we launch our next exhibitions.



Thursday 25 April — Friday 19 July 2019

For Country, for Nation

Reality in flames: modern Australian art
and the Second World War

Unbound Collective: Sovereign Acts V: CALLING

ANZAC Day at the Samstag Museum of Art

Thursday 25 April 2019, 2pm until late

Samstag Museum of Art launches two major exhibitions from the Australian War Memorial with an afternoon of conversation, performance, food and music.



On ANZAC Day, the Unbound Collective continue their research, video and performance series Bound and Unbound: Sovereign Acts. The Unbound Collective brings together four Adelaide-based First Nations women working across art, activism and academia: Ali Gumillya Baker (Mirning), Faye Rosas Blanch (Mbararam/Yidinyji), Natalie Harkin (Narungga) and Simone Ulalka Tur (Yankunytjatjara).
When: 2 — 3pm


Hear from Megan Cope (artist, For Country, for Nation), Amanda Jane Reynolds (curator, For Country, for Nation), Laura Webster (Head of Art, Australian War Memorial), hosted by Joanna Kitto (Associate Curator, Samstag Museum).
When: 3 — 4pm


James Tylor is a multidisciplinary artist of Kaurna, Māori and European Australian ancestry. In collaboration with chef Shannon Fleming, Tylor presents a series of dishes responding to Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand’s military histories.
Opening remarks: Jim Whalley. Complimentary drinks served.
When: 4 — 6pm


UnPiano present an improvised response to a landmark recording by Jonty Semper (UK). Semper collected all surviving recordings of the two-minute silences at the Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday ceremonies at the Cenotaph in London from 1929 to 2000. UnPiano are musicians Gabriella Smart (Aus), Derek Pascoe (UK/Aus) and Johannes S. Sistermanns (Germany).
When: 6 — 7pm.
Ticketed performance. Click here to book.


James Tylor in conversation

Saturday 27 April, 1 — 2pm

Join artist James Tylor for an examination of contemporary depictions of the Frontier Wars as we tour Australian War Memorial exhibition, For Country, for Nation.