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“Tjunguṉutja - From Having Come Together”: 40 Years Old Indigenous Art Collection at MAGNT

Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, Water Dreaming 1971, synthetic polymer paint on 3-ply wooden board. Gift of the Department of the Northern Territory, 1974.
( Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory)

A collection of works that have had an air of mystery about it since its acquisition is currently on display in Australia. The never-before-seen collection of indigenous Papunya paintings is being shown in “'Tjunguṉutja – From Having Come Together” at the Museum and Art gallery of the Northern Territory until mid-February 2018.

In 1971, a group of Aboriginal men in Australia's Papunya region created artworks from scraps of discarded building materials. The artworks, which were primarily painted depictions of their ceremonial lives, signalized the beginning of the Western Desert art movement. The paintings, today, are some of the most treasured works created in Australia and represent its cultural, historical, and artistic facade.

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory made a visionary purchase of over 100 of these indigenous paintings the following year. Throughout the 1970s, dozens more historic acquisitions were added to what is now the largest and most important collection of early Papunya paintings in the world.

"Tjunguṉutja - from having come together" finally reveals the collection that has been shrouded in mystery, controversy, and fascination for over 40 years. The exhibition showcases over 130 paintings, rare cultural artefacts, and historical ephemera and provides an extraordinary insight into the genesis of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement.

The exhibition has been curated by Long Jack Philipus Tjakamarra, Michael Nelson Jagamarra AM, Sid Anderson, Bobby West Tjupurrula, Joseph Jurrah Tjapaltjarri, and Luke Scholes. 

"Tjunguṉutja - from having come together" will run through February 18, 2018 at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, 19 Conacher St, Darwin City NT 0820, Australia

For more details, visit www.magnt.net.au/

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek of the exhibition.