Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Aboriginal Art to be placed on display at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing

DOT paintings from the indigenous Papunya community from National Museum of Austalia's successful 2007-08 exhibition are being sent to an exhibition at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. The exhibition, Papunya painting: Out of the Austalian Desert, will be the biggest collection of Australian Art to show in the Chinese capital. The Chinese are quite hungry for knowledge about Australian Aboriginal art and culture.

It is understood that China will reciprocate by sending an exhibition of its own, possibly a recent exhibition of Chinese revolutionary art.

The Aboriginal collection made up of 48 art works and 18 ethnographic objects, tell a story of the Papunya Tula art movement between 1974 and 1981. The movement established Australian indigenous art in the contemporary art world. The artists in this exhibition have become familiar names in the art world and included such big names as Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri.

Detailed information plates, giving the artists' biographies and explaining the symbols of motifs will be translated into mandarin with the aim of enhancing the understanding of indigenous culture. It is worth noting that the Papunya collective formed among indigenous men of the western deserts of Central Australia has become the model for many other indigenous artists collectives.

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