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Published March 11th 2020
Interesting works of art by contemporary artists
Until the 8th of June 2020, you have the opportunity to witness some interesting works of art scattered throughout the Adelaide Botanic Garden. These exhibits are available free of charge for your viewing pleasure, and therefore no tickets are required.
Five leading contemporary artists are currently displaying their Monster Theatres as part of the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. These artists have been invited to make visible the monsters of our time, in contemporary art, through experimentation and innovation. The exhibition takes on a double narrative with "monster" being to warn and to show or make visible while "theatre" as an operating theatre, a theatre of war, as well as an arena of active social space. The featured artists include Mike Bianco, Michael Candy, Julia Robinson, Yhonnie Scarce and Mark Valenzuela.
The artworks I found most interesting are that by Julia Robinson and Mike Bianco. Both very different and unique in its own right. Julia, an Adelaide local, draws her work upon European folklore and mythology. And, born in San Francisco, Mike's work focuses on the relationship between humans, plants and wildlife.
To help you navigate your way around the garden and exhibits, a map has been created by the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and can be downloaded here. It came in very handy for me. My tip though when you're in the bicentennial conservatory is to remember to look up! Also, do be mindful that there might be a queue at the kiosk lawn depending on the day and time of your visit.