Past Exhibitions at Kluge-Ruhe

Christian Thompson: We Bury Our Own

Christian Thompson, Desert Melon, 2012.

January 22 – May 19, 2013
In We Bury Our Own, leading contemporary Aboriginal Australian artist Christian Thompson (Bidjara) presented a new body of work that explored the spiritual repatriation of archival materials in the Pitt Rivers Museum at oxford. Thompson explains, “this is what art is able to do, perform a ‘spiritual repatriation’ rather than a physical one, fragment the historical narrative and traverse time and place to establish a new realm in the cosmos, set something free, allow it to embody the past and be intrinsically connected to the present…” Christian Thompson’s work is held in numerous public and private collections in Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the National Gallery of Victoria. His work was recently exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the Aboriginal Art Museum in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is represented by Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi. To view a panorama of this exhibition, please click here. To see a video about this work in this exhibition, please click here.

Yarning History Outdoor Exhibition

July 9 – September 27, 2016

Yarning History is an outdoor yarn bombing exhibition that is installed on the trees surrounding the museum at its beautiful hilltop location on Pantops mountain. “Yarning” is Australian slang for telling a story. Highlighting significant dates from 40,000 BCE to the present, this exhibition is an opportunity to learn about Indigenous art and history. A collaboration of over seventy knitters, this exhibition is timed to coincide with NAIDOC Week (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee), a national week of celebration in Australia to commemorate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Click here to see the exhibition online.

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Australia and the Needle Lady.

Yhonnie Scarce: What They Wanted

Yhonnie

September 11 – December 30, 2012

Yhonnie Scarce (Kokatha and Nukunu) works with blown glass and other media, drawing on her personal family history to investigate themes of “containment” of Aboriginal people as a legacy of colonization. Many of her works take the shape of Australian fruits and vegetables (such as bush bananas, bush plums and long yams) to metaphorically represent Aboriginal people, culture and traditions. She is represented by Dianne Tanzer Gallery in Melbourne.

Click here to download a copy of the brochure that accompanied the exhibition.

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