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"Australia + Germany: International Craft Triennial"
2001-03-09 until 2001-04-22
Art Gallery of South Australia
Adelaide, SA, AU

Australia + Germany: International Craft Triennial features work by over 100 German and Australian artists, including emerging, senior and indigenous artists. The Triennial was established in Frankfurt in 1978, presenting works by German artists next to those from one other nation and quickly became one of the most influential events of its kind. This 8th Triennial is the first time that Australia has been invited to be the partner nation and over 40 Australian artists are represented. The entire exhibition was on display in Frankfurt last year.

Ron Radford, Director of the Gallery, says, This important exhibition is an excellent vehicle for work by Australian artists to be shown in an international context. Australian contemporary decorative arts have had no recent European exposure on this scale. It really is a collaborative exhibition with the works shown in integrated setting, not simply 'theirs and ours'.

Craft today encompasses a wide range of materials and ideas. The works on show include ceramics, jewelery, textiles, glass, metalwork, woven baskets and exquisite artists' books. All are unique items: some designed to have a functional use, others as objects of beauty.

Curator of the Australian works, Christopher Menz says, During the German season late last year, there was great interest in the diversity of the Australian works, as they come from inner city studios as well as outback communities such as Utopia and Ernabella. I think Australian audiences will be intrigued at how strong Australian works appears in comparison with that from Europe.


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