Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

Ricardo Idagi, Barramoney (Til Next Week), 2012. Image courtesy Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne.

August 29 – December 21, 2014
Opening Reception
Thursday, September 4, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In the fall of 2014 the Kluge-Ruhe Collection presents Gurari – Saltwater Drinker, an exhibition of works by Melbourne-based artist Ricardo Idagi (Meriam).

Gurari brings together nine of Idagi’s sculptural works that 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 honors the rich cultural heritage of Meriam people and Idagi’s own personal resilience.

An opening reception for Gurari – Saltwater Drinker will be held on Thursday, September 4, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Ricardo Idagi will be a resident artist at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection from September 15 – October 4. Please see our events page for opportunities to engage with the artist.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts and Vivien Anderson Gallery.

Art and Country

Alma Nungarrayi Granites, NAPALJARRI-WARNU JUKURRPA (SEVEN SISTERS DREAMING), 2011. © 2014 Artists rights society (ARS), New York/viscopy, Australia.
May 30 – Summer 2015
Art and Country is a diverse selection of thirty-four works on canvas, paper and eucalyptus bark drawn from the Kluge-Ruhe’s permanent collection. The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with “country,” their homeland. Many artists represent features of the landscape to communicate their ongoing connection to their ancestral land and the Dreaming. Other artists raise awareness about the dispossession of country as a result of colonization or investigate the importance of story and personal memory. Throughout the exhibition visitors are invited to reflect upon their own connections to land and place.

Kluge-Ruhe on Grounds

On view in the lobby of the Fralin Museum of Art are acrylic paintings by Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, William Sandy, and England Banggala. A selection of seventeen objects, including sculpture, bark paintings and musical instruments are on display in the Fralin’s Object Study Gallery on the second floor.

A textual artworks by Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee is installed on U.Va. Grounds at Brooks Hall Commons.