THE SOURCES OF ABORIGINE PAINTING at Musée du Quai Branly

Until 20/01/2013 . I tried to persuade one of our friends to visit this exhibition because he’s using the aborigine art as an inspiration for his photographic work. I hope he will get there before closing time .

“The exhibition presents for the first time in Europe a major artistic movement, born in 1971-1972 in the community of Papunya, at the heart of the central Australian desert.

By transposing to recycled wooden panels the motifs employed in ephemeral ritual paintings, the Aborigine artists of Papunya created an astonishingly inventive formal art, saturated with meaning. These works change the manner of understanding the territory and conceiving the history of Australian art.

With more than 160 canvases and almost 100 objects and photographs from the period, the exhibition presents the iconographical and spiritual sources of the Papunya movement and traces its development from the first panels to the large canvases of the early 1980s.”  extract from the site musée du Quai Branly

Emu Dreaming (Rêve d’émeu), Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra (Pintupi), 1972. 

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