Past Exhibitions at Kluge-Ruhe

Yimardoowarra: Artist of the River

May 13 – August 21, 2016

Yimardoowarra: Artist of the River is a career survey of the Aboriginal Australian elder Loongkoonan. At 105 years of age, Loongkoonan is one of Australia’s oldest living contemporary artists. Her paintings are intricate depictions of her homeland in remote Western Australia. She is an important matriarch of the Nyikina people and one of the last speakers of their critically endangered language. Her paintings are important chronicles of the unique Aboriginal Australian understanding of place. This exhibition charts the extraordinarily dense late-life career of an Indigenous woman who has brought a century of memory, tradition, and spirituality to her art practice.

Loongkoonan was born around 1910 at Mount Anderson Station near the Fitzroy River in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. In 2004, at age 95, she began painting at Manambarra Aboriginal Artists, an arts workshop in Derby. Her shimmering depictions of bush foods and land around the Fitzroy River received immediate acclaim, being exhibited in every state and territory of Australia. In 2006 Loongkoonan was awarded first prize in the Redlands Art Award, and in 2007 she received the Indigenous Award at the Drawing Together Art Awards at the National Archives of Australia. Her works have inspired a new generation of Nyikina artists, and are held in the collections of Australian Parliament House, Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Berndt Museum of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia, Macquarie University and the Department of Indigenous Affairs in Canberra.

Click here to see the exhibition online.

Bianca Beetson: Being Human

Bianca Beetson, Selfie Series, 2014.

February 12 – May 1, 2016

Being Human was an exhibition by Aboriginal artist Bianca Beetson (Kabi Kabi) that featured twenty-nine photographic self-portaits that explore many facets of the artist’s contemporary urban Indigenous identity. Beetson states, “I am a woman, a mother, a wife, a daughter, an aunt, a sister, an artist, an activist, a teacher, a leader, a student, a cook, a cleaner and a nurse… an Aboriginal way of being is deeply imprinted on my DNA.”

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Presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts.

Djambawa Marawili AM: Where the Water Moves, Where It Rests

Djambawa Marawili AM, Baru at Yathikpa, 2015.

Curated by Kimberley Moulton
August 18, 2015 – January 24, 2016

where the water moves, where it rests was an exhibition that featured bark painting, hollow log sculptures, and a print by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Djambawa Marawili AM (Yolngu). The detailed works embody the ancestral beings Baru, the crocodile, and Burrit’tji, the rainbow lightning serpent. Through this exhibition, Yolngu people’s ever-present connection to land, community, and culture was expressed and generously shared. Djambawa’s works communicate a deep cultural knowledge that comes from Wangarr (the beginning), or the time before the first morning.

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Presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Maria T. Kluge, the National Gallery of Australia, and Wesfarmers.

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