Friday, October 12, 2012

Aux sources de la peinture aborigène

The newest major exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly is devoted to Australian Aboriginal art. Curated by Judith Ryan of The National Gallery of Victoria and Philippe Batty of the Victoria Museum in Melbourne, Aux sources de la peinture aborigène will be the first European retrospective of the painting movement born in Australia's central desert community of Papunya in the early 1970s. While proclaiming the absolutely contemporary character of this indigenous painting style, the exhibition also explores the movement's iconographic and spiritual sources through the presentation of traditional objects and photographs of ephemeral ritual paintings, most notably those taken by Baldwin Spencer.                                          

Visit the exhibition's official website.

Sans titre, Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi, 1972

Emu Dreaming, Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, 1972
Men's ceremony (Wati Kujarra), Freddy West Tjakamarra, 1972 
Water Dreaming at Kalipinypa, Walter Tjampitjinpa, 1971
Big Pintupi Dreaming ceremony, Anatjari Tjakamarra, 1972
Decorated knives  -  Australian Aboriginal  -  ca. 1900

Information and images courtesy of the Musée du Quai Branly

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