With the upcoming exhibition titled Indigenous Australia: Masterworks from the National Gallery of Australia, me Collectors Room Berlin will hope to provide a valuable insight into the many creative qualities of traditional and modern art authored by Aboriginal Australians. The project is being supported by the National Gallery of Australia, along with the Australian Government, who also aided the organizers of the exhibition.
Aside from focusing on the works of art created by the Aboriginal Australians, the upcoming show will also present pieces made on the many islands between Australia and Papua New Guinea. This will surely give the show a solid dose of diversity and it will be interesting to compare these works in order to note differences and similarities.
Spanning all the regions of the continent, Indigenous Australia: Masterworks from the National Gallery of Australia will begin with pieces from the early 19th century and slowly make its way to the contemporary works.
It will feature a selection of almost 180 artworks that will demonstrate the great diversity of this continent's art scene, as well as how creative concepts evolved over time within same communities.
This varied collection of pieces will reflect the Aboriginal culture’s deep spirituality and its connection with nature.
The National Gallery of Australia holds the most extensive collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork worldwide, so they are surely the perfect partner for anyone who wishes to organize a show focusing on Australian art.
Although a strong note will be placed on exploring works from the early 19th and 20th century, the exhibition will make sure to not only encompass the iconic traditional Indigenous works from these earlier periods, but also explore the rich diversity of contemporary practices in Australia.
Many of the pieces will deal directly with issues Aboriginal artists tackle today, like identity, politics and the sharing of their complex history.
Although the upcoming show will span two centuries of Australian creativity full of different practices and styles, all the works prepared to be put on display share the central themes of nature, land and community, aspects of a society deeply rooted in the culture and traditions of this country.
Indigenous Australia: Masterworks from the National Gallery of Australia will be open to the public between the 17th of November 2017 and the 2nd of April 2018, at me Collectors Room in Berlin, Germany.
Featured images: Christopher Pease - Hunting Party, 2003. Oil on canvas, courtesy of Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin and Gallerysmith, Melbourne; Christian Thompson - Heat, 2010. Three channel digital video, sound, duration 5 minutes 52 seconds, courtesy of Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne; Michael Riley - Untitled, from the series Cloud [boomerang], 2000. Printed 2005, chromogenic pigment print, purchased 2005, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017; Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri - Untitled (Rain Dreaming at Nyunmanu), 1994. Synthetic polymer paint on linen, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. All images courtesy of National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ©; Courtesy of the artists.