2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object

Curated by Lisa Slade

Saturday 27 February - Saturday 14 May 2016


Are artists the last magicians?

Drawing inspiration from the ‘Wunderkammer’, those rooms or cabinets of wonder dedicated to the display of magical objects, the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art champions the contemporary artist as conjuror. With attendant meanings and manifestations, including contemporary artists’ interests in the talismanic, in cultural rituals and material riddles, this exhibition offers the ‘Wunderkammer’ as a tool with which to both view the world and critique it.

Featured artists include Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Glenn Barkley, Chris Bond, Pepai Jangala Carroll, Tarryn Gill, Louise Haselton, Juz Kitson, Loongkoonan, Fiona McMonagle, Danie Mellor, Clare Milledge, Tom Moore, Nell, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Bluey Roberts, Kate Rohde, Gareth Sansom, Robyn Stacey, Garry Stewart and Australian Dance Theatre, Jacqui Stockdale, Heather B.Swann, Hiromi Tango, Roy Wiggan, Tiger Yaltangki and Michael Zavros.

Held every two years since 1990, the Biennial is the country’s longest-standing survey of contemporary Australian Art.




Friday 26 February, 5:30 pm

 Opening night event, Art Gallery of South Australia


Saturday 27 February

Vernissage Weekend, Samstag Museum of Art


Saturday 28 February

Vernissage Weekend, Art Gallery of South Australia


Education Resources

Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object Interpretive Resource DIGITAL

Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object Interpretive Resource PRINT


Samstag Museum of Art will be open for extended hours during Magic Object, from 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday.

The 2016 Adelaide Biennial is an Art Gallery of South Australia exhibition presented in partnership with the Samstag Museum of Art, and in association with the Adelaide Festival of Arts. This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Venues: Samstag Museum of Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, JamFactoryCarrick HillThe Santos Museum of Economic Botany, Adelaide Botanic Gardens