​Two exhibitions—one featuring artist responses to the landscape and ecology of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges, the other by Indonesian contemporary artist FX Harsono—that foreground systems of knowledge, Indigenous ways of being, and place.

Image: Kristian Coulthard, Akurra Miru (curved male serpent, with echidna quills) and Akurra Ngarri Mudlanha (curved female serpent, with feathers), 2017-2024, installation view, 2024, Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia. Akurra Ngarri Mudlanha is part of the South Australian Museum Collection. Photograph by Grant Hancock.

Friday 7 JuneFriday 20 September 2024
—Saturday, 10am—5pm

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Mulka Yata/The Knowledge of Place

Samstag Galleries 1 and 3

Featuring Kristian Coulthard, Clem Coulthard, Ted Coulthard and Winnie Ryan (Adnyamathanha) with Sasha Grbich / Antony Hamilton / Kyoko Hashimoto and Guy Keulemans / John R Walker / Music performance and sculpture by Dylan Crismani and Christopher Crismani (Wiradjuri/European) / Film featuring Kristian Coulthard by Malcolm McKinnon and Jared Thomas.

Dating back to the Earth’s earliest continent formation, known as the Adelaide Geosyncline, this mountainous region was established hundreds of millions of years before the dinosaurs roamed. It contains the Warratyi rock shelter, the oldest known site of human habitation on the continent and the ancestral home to the Adnyamathanha people for the past 50,000 years.

This group exhibition presents new work alongside historic material, transcribing a place through sculpture, sound, painting and video. Mulka Yata/The Knowledge of Place illuminates the ancient landscapes, histories and peoples encompassing the Ikara-Flinders Ranges region of South Australia, proposing an historically layered, geological and cross-cultural conception of place.

A Samstag Museum of Art exhibition with the South Australian Museum, curated by Erica Green, Samstag, and Jared Thomas (Nukunu), South Australian Museum.


FX Harsono: NAMA (Indonesia)

Samstag Gallery 2

FX Harsono is one of Indonesia’s most revered contemporary artists. In 1975, he was among a group of young artists who founded Indonesia’s Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru (New Art Movement), which emphasised an experimental, conceptual approach, the use of everyday materials, and engagement with social and political issues. During Indonesia’s dictatorial Suharto regime
(1967-98), Harsono’s installation and performance works were powerfully eloquent acts of protest against an oppressive state apparatus.

In NAMA (“names” in Indonesian), he focuses on Chinese Indonesian personal names and their function as both markers of identity and symbols of remembrance. The exhibition centres on a video in which Chinese names are recited as a litany and then replaced with Indonesian names. Through looking into his own past, Harsono has touched on concerns that resonate globally, foregrounding fundamental issues that are central to the formation of group and personal identities in our rapidly changing world.


Upcoming Events



Sprigg Salon/NAIDOC WeekCelebrating Adnyamathanha culture

Join Adnyamathanha artist Kristian Coulthard, Nukunu curator Dr. Jared Thomas and writer Dr Darren Jorgensen as they discuss the latest exhibition at Samstag Museum of Art, Mulka Yata/The Knowledge of Place and the accompanying satellite display at the South Australian Museum.


Wednesday, 17 July 2024 
6—8 pm 
South Australian Museum.
Book here.


6:00 pm—Doors open and welcome drinks served
6:30 pm—Presentation begins  
7:25 pm—Presentation ends and Q&A begins
7:45 pm—Event concludes 
8:00 pm—Museum closes 

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Dylan Crismani - Saturday sounds

Escape the winter chill and spend an afternoon at Samstag.  Warm up with some native tea by Warndu and enjoy a unique musical performance by Dylan Crismani (Wiradjuri/European) as he plays the sculpture/instrument he and his father, Christopher Crismani, created for the Mulka Yata/The Knowledge of Place exhibition.


Saturday, 31 August 2024 
3—5 pm 
Samstag Museum of Art.
All welcome!

3—5 pm: Hot tea served in the gallery
3:30—4 pm: Musical performance by Dylan Crismani.


Samstag is accessible by wheelchair and pram and has accessible toilets. During the performance stools or seats with arms and backrests can be made available for seating.




Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, acknowledges the Kaurna people as traditional custodians of the land upon which the Museum stands.