Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

He's back...Reko Rennie returns to Kluge-Ruhe • Wednesday March 7, 2012

Reko Rennie 2011

Artist Reko Rennie (Kamilaroi/
Gamilaraay/Gummaroi) from Melbourne, Australia returns to the Kluge-Ruhe Collection March 16-20, 2012 to install a semi-permanent exhibition in the museum’s Breezeway. Rennie’s residency at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection in January 2011 involved spray painting the walls of the rotating gallery with his diamond pattern and iconic pink kangaroo “Big red.” This popular exhibit was captured in a video produced by local filmmakers Rob Douglas and JJ Cohoon (formerly Squid and Beard).

“Visitors were dismayed that we planned to paint over Reko’s installation,” says Kluge-Ruhe Director and Curator Margo Smith. “The Kluge-Ruhe Museum is fortunate to have an ongoing relationship with Reko, whose work is in such demand, and to be able to exhibit it for a longer period.” The Breezeway, which housed the Kluge-Ruhe gift shop, is being renovated into a video screening room and lounge.

Rennie has returned to the US to exhibit his work at Scope Art Fair in New York March 7 – 11 and is the first Australian artist to have been invited. Following that, he will participate in a public art project called 5 × 5, where five curators invited five artists to create temporary installations throughout Washington, D.C.

After completing his project at Kluge-Ruhe, Rennie will travel to Santa Fe to meet up with Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga/Nez Perce). Reko and Hyde collaborated on a mural on the side of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative in the Belmont neighborhood of Charlottesville.They have been commissioned to create a collaborative work for the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts where Hyde’s work will be exhibited April 13 – July 31, 2012.