INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA
VENUE: me Collectors Room Berlin / Olbricht Foundation
The art of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians is one of the oldest, richest and most complex forms of creative expression in human history, which has powerful contemporary resonances. Despite significant change and diversity over time, the art retains an underlying unity of inspiration – the land and human relationships that are associated with it, and a complex system of ‘Dreaming’ beliefs of creation stories. It has solid links with the past but is firmly rooted as political, social and creative action in the present. Today Aboriginal art is recognised around the world as an exciting, major contribution to world art and an expression of deepest humanity and unity with nature.
This exhibition showcases the very best work produced by Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people from the early 19th century through to today. It presents the development of this diverse art practice, including works by many of Australia’s greatest Indigenous artists in the category of masterworks, drawn exclusively from the National Gallery of Australia’s extensive collection.
©Emily Kam Kngwarray, Yam awely, 1995, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 150 x 491 cm, NGA, Canberra, Gift of the Delmore Collection, Donald and Janet Holt. Licensed by Viscopy 2016