Archie 100 & Robert Wilson: Moving Portraits

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Art / The Art Gallery Of South Australia

09 July 2022
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm Daily

Ends: 09 October 2022

One Ticket, Two Exhibitions

Enjoy access to both Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize and Robert Wilson: Moving portraits when you visit the Art Gallery Of South Australia for this special co-exhibited event between 9 July and 3 October.


Robert Wilson: Moving portraits presents a series of remarkable video portraits of international celebrities, artists, ordinary people and animals, created by the New York artist, designer and director.

Acclaimed internationally for his prodigious and highly inventive theatre and opera direction, Wilson has incorporated a multitude of creative elements into his video portraits. Lighting, costume, make-up, choreography, scenography and sound are ingeniously crafted into imperceptibly slow-moving tableaux, which urge audiences to reconsider the nature of portraiture. His mesmerising works, displayed to human scale, will stand in conversation with highlights from AGSA’s portrait collection, while also complementing the array of portraits on display in the co-ticketed exhibition Archie 100.

Many of the video portraits refer to pivotal moments in art history and have been created through collaborations with renowned contemporary performers and artists such as Lady Gaga, Isabella Rossellini, Brad Pitt, Zhang Huan and Robert Downey Jr. Each work is captured in high-definition video and displayed on large monitors to create an arresting ensemble of characters and moods.

Robert Wilson: Moving portraits is an Australian exclusive for AGSA.


In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Archibald PrizeArchie 100 explores the history of Australia’s most prestigious portrait award.

Developed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the exhibition presents a diverse selection of approximately 100 Archibald portraits from the last century—the triumphant and the thwarted—and honours the artists who have made the prize the most sought-after accolade in Australian art today.

The exhibition includes the work of Australia’s most famous artists including William Dobell, Wendy Sharpe, Ben Quilty and Vincent Namatjira – the first Indigenous artist to win the Prize in its history in 2020 and the winner of AGSA’s Ramsay Art Prize in 2019.

Arranged thematically, the centenary exhibition includes works from the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ own collection as well as from collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Australia, the State Library of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria and of course, the Art Gallery of South Australia.

This exhibition includes works that are protected under the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013. See more.

An Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition. Supported by Oroton and assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Image (left) Tempe Manning, Self-portrait 1939 (detail), oil on canvas, 76 x 60.5 cm, Art
Gallery of New South Wales, acquired with the support of the Art Gallery Society of NSW
2021, © Estate of Tempe Manning

Image detail (right) still Robert Wilson, born Waco, Texas 1941, Lady Gaga: Mademoiselle
Caroline Riviere, 2013, HD Video, music by Michael Galasso; Courtesy RW Work Ltd.

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