Past Exhibitions at Kluge-Ruhe

New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press

Isobel Gorey Nambajimba, Kapi Tjukurpa (Water Dreaming) at Watulpunyu, 2014.January 20 – May 17, 2015

This selection of fourteen prints are the result of an eight year partnership between Papunya Tjupi, an art center in a remote desert community, and Cicada Press, a print workshop at the University of New South Wales Art & Design in Sydney. Papunya is an Aboriginal settlement of about 350 people, who speak Luritja, Anmatyerre, Warlpiri, and Arrernte. This area is a community of particular importance in Australia, best known as the birthplace of the contemporary Western Desert art movement, which launched Aboriginal art into the international art world in the 1970s and 80s. The artists featured in New Narratives are descendants of the founders of this movement. The partnership between Papunya Tjupi and Cicada Press marks the addition of a new medium of printmaking into Papunya’s art history.

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Presented in partnership with Cicada Press at the University of New South Wales Art & Design, Michael Kempson, Papunya Tjupi Art Centre Aboriginal Corporation, and Vivien Johnson.

Ricardo Idagi: Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

Ricardo Idagi, Barramoney (Til Next Week), 2012.August 29 – December 21, 2014

Gurari–Saltwater Drinker was an exhibition of works by Melbourne-based artist Ricardo Idagi (Meriam). Gurari – Saltwater Drinker showcased nine of Idagi’s sculptural works, which serve as a visual memoir of Mer (Murray Island) as his home. The sculptures are made of a wide variety of materials, from raffia and feathers to beer cans and wrought iron. The works comment on political and social issues facing Torres Strait islanders today, such as multigenerational alcoholism and the impact of the Anglican mission on the island. The exhibition also honored the rich cultural heritage of Meriam people and Idagi’s own personal resilience.

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Presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts and Vivien Anderson Gallery.

We Are Tiwi: Jilamara and Munupi Artists

Timothy Cook, Kulama, 2012.May 30 – August 24, 2014

We Are Tiwi was an exhibition that featured several paintings by Tiwi artists (Milikapiti and Pirlangimpi). The word “tiwi” in their language means “we the people.” This collection uses ochres and other natural pigments on canvas. Paint is sometimes applied with an ironwood comb, which creates straight lines with dots. Traditional Tiwi culture places special significance on two ceremonies: Pukumani and Kulama, both of which are represented and celebrated in the exhibition’s featured works. Pukumani is a funeral ceremony intended to guide the spirit of the deceased from the world of the living to the spirit world. The Kulama ceremony occurs at the end of the rainy season and serves as a celebration of life, wherein young men are initiated into adulthood.

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Presented in partnership with Harvey Art Projects USA, Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, and Munipi Arts and Crafts Association.

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