Four paintings from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection are on exhibition in Paris at the Musee du quai Branly. Aux Sources de la Peinture Aborigene Australie – Tjukurrtjanu opened October 9 and continues through January 20, 2013. The exhibition, curated by Judith Ryan, Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, and Philip Batty, Senior Curator of Indigenous Cultures at Museum Victoria, premiered at the National Gallery of Victoria in September 2011. It is the most comprehensive exhibition of early Western Desert art ever assembled, including 200 paintings produced from 1971-72 and wooden shields, stone knives and ceremonial regalia. The catalogue was produced in English and in French.
The exhibit includes work by 20 artists who began painting at the remote Aboriginal settlement of Papunya in 1971. Their paintings incorporated traditional symbols used in ceremonial designs yet they were highly innovative and experimental in nature.
Kluge-Ruhe Director Margo Smith attended the opening reception on October 8. “It was thrilling to see four of our works among other distinguished pieces in a city that is famous for its museums.” It was Smith’s first visit to the Musee du quai Branly, which incorporated the work of eight contemporary Aboriginal artists into its building design.
While in Europe Smith also visit the AAMU – Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Utrecht, Netherlands. Like Kluge-Ruhe, AAMU is dedicated to the exhibition of Australian Aboriginal art.