Paris’ Quai Branly Museum hosting largest assembly of modern Aborigine art

The Quai Branly Museum in Paris is holding ‘The Source of Aborigine Painting’ which will be displaying the largest collection of aboriginal paintings outside of Australia. The prestigious art space, located within the heart of Paris will be showcasing more than 200 pieces of artwork as well as artefacts from the community. This will include the likes of shields and other items which is regarded to be one of the origins of abstract painting.

According to the museum’s Oceanic and South East Asian collection coordinator Philippe Peltier, the show moves along the idea to show that aboriginal art artists have a base in their own traditions and that there are continuity in their body of work which encompasses the use of dots and repeated patterns which are distinct to their own techniques. There are works of Kaapa Tjampitjinpa which were produced from 1971 to 1972 which essentially the time of the major artistic movement in the central Australian desert in Papunya.
This is the exhibition which will see the use of recycled wooden panels in ritual paintings and involved more than 160 canvas works and 100 objects. Basically, there are the iconographical and spiritual sources of the then Papunya movement that has been collected throughout the years and projected through the history of Australia and to the Europe art scene. A show like is not merely about art but there would be scientific evidence as well.

The curators of the show are Judith Ryan, a Senior Curator of Aboriginal Art at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and Philipp Batty, the Senior Curator of Museum Victoria in Central Australia.


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