Bill Henson: early work from the MGA Collection, with selected recent landscapes

The Samstag Museum is delighted to present a very special exhibition from one of Australia’s most distinguished artists. Bill Henson: early work from the MGA Collection, with selected recent landscapes offers South Australians a unique opportunity to experience the power and beauty of the work of Bill Henson, Australia’s best-known contemporary photographer.

Art Exhibition previously on at Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide precinct, South Australia, Australia.
From Friday 14 October 2011 to Friday 16 December 2011
Launch Saturday 15 October 2011, 3pm

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This is the first exhibition dedicated to this major artist’s work to be presented in Adelaide.

The exhibition features twenty-nine exquisite photographic images from many of Henson’s major series from the 1970s through to the early 1990s, all drawn from Monash Gallery of Art’s collection. A particular highlight is the wonderfully atmospheric Paris Opera series of 1990 where Henson was commissioned to produce a body of work responding to the world-renown Paris Opera. Henson chose to focus on the audience, photographing the faces of people, their features softly illuminated by the reflected glow of stage lighting. Their faces express the sublime sensuality of a musical experience.

Alongside the MGA Collection exhibition, the Samstag Museum is presenting a selection of recent landscape photographs by Bill Henson. An established genre of Henson’s alongside his figurative images, these dark and melancholic landscapes of rocky outcrops, monoliths rising dramatically from the ocean and waterfalls captured in a blaze of light are works of compelling power.

In a highly anticipated event, Bill Henson will be ‘in conversation’ with Paul Grabowsky, Artistic Director of the 2012 Adelaide Festival on Monday 21 November at 5.30pm. Presented in association with the 2012 Adelaide Festival and Art Gallery of South Australia, this special FREE event will be held at the University of South Australia, City West campus on North Terrace and bookings are essential, unisa.edu.au/samstagmuseum.