Monday, June 29, 2015

Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilization

On view until August 2, 2015, the British Museum presents a major exhibition on Australian Aboriginal art, the first of its kind ever to be held in England. The colonization of Australia is closely associated with England, since it played a key role in the Western discovery and exploration of the “island continent” and, tragically, also in the decimation of its native cultures. Titled Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilization, this exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see the museum’s remarkable collection of Australian art, the oldest pieces of which were brought to England as early as the 1770s. The exhibition will also feature works lent by a variety of other prestigious institutions such as the British Library, the Pitt-Rivers Museum, and the Cambridge Museum.

Learn more at the British Museum's official website.

Turtle shell mask  -  Mer, Torres Strait Islands 
Kunmanara Hogan, Tjaruwa Woods, Yarangka Thomas, Estelle Hogan,
Ngalpingka Simms and Myrtle Pennington, Kungkarangkalpa (detail), 2013

Images courtesy of the British Museum

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