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Events and Exhibitions
The Heysen Sculpture Biennial gives artists a chance to install their work in the Heysen grounds, with the reoccurring theme "Homage to Nature"
Based around the 'Shady Pool' area, concern for the preservation of the natural environment is shared by all.
Many artists construct their art works using collected natural materials found on this site.
Others construct works in their studio and then install it later. Some feature the use of recycled industrial and rural discards to support the exhibition theme.
The work is on show for a period of 2 months in the bushland property of famous landscape painter Hans Heysen at Hahndorf.
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HANS HEYSEN exhibition touring completed
The exhibition has completed touring.
The exhibition has been a great success in Canberra, Hobart, Ballarat, the Art Gallery of South Australia and at the Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery.
One of Australia's greatest artists, Hans Heysen (1877-1968), is celebrated with the first major retrospective of his work in three decades at the Art Gallery of South Australia and then travels to Galleries throughout Australia. The Hans Heysen exhibition features more than one hundred works created over the artist's seventy year career.
Born in Germany in 1877, Hans Heysen emigrated to Adelaide, South Australia with his family at the age of seven. After four years studying in Europe, Heysen embarked on one of the most successful careers in Australian art, becoming synonymous with the Adelaide Hills town of Hahndorf, where he worked and lived.
The Art Gallery of South Australia holds the largest and most representative collection of works by Hans Heysen, including more than two thousand drawings, oils and watercolours bequeathed by the artist himself. Included in the exhibition are many of Heysen's greatest oil and watercolour paintings, alongside rarely-seen preliminary sketches and studies.
Testament to Heysen's national standing, the Gallery has borrowed masterpieces from every major collection in the country as well as from many regional and private collections, to tell the story of Heysen's art. In addition to his iconic ‘gum tree' paintings, the exhibition takes a fresh look at Heysen's lesser-known themes. Hans Heysen traces the artist's development from early student days painting in Europe from 1899-1903, including images of Paris and Venice, to the revelation of barren landscapes and ancient mountain forms in the Flinders Ranges from 1926.