Tjukurrtjanu TjukurrtjanuTjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art

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  • An NGV Touring Exhibition
  • 30 September 2011 – 12 February 2012
  • The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia,
  • Federation Square, Melbourne
  • 9 October 2012 – 20 January 2013
  • Musée du quai Branly, Paris

Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art examines a watershed moment in the history of art when a painting practice emerged at Papunya in Central Australia. Tjukurrtjanu gives prominence to 200 of the first paintings produced at Papunya between 1971 and 1972 and also establishes the vital connection between the works of art and their sources in ephemeral designs made for use in ceremony.

A collaboration between the NGV and Museum Victoria.
In partnership with Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd.

This website contains the names, images and works of Indigenous people who have passed away, which may cause distress to some Indigenous people.

Indigenous people from Central Australia and the Western Desert are advised that this exhibition contains culturally sensitive works that may be considered harmful or inappropriate for viewing by women or uninitiated members of their communities. Care has been taken to respect cultural protocols and, following a comprehensive consultation process, these works will be exhibited separately for the duration of the exhibition and will not be illustrated in the exhibition catalogue or displayed on this website.

Please note that some records contain terms and annotations that reflect the period in which the item was recorded, and may be considered inappropriate today in some circumstances.

Nosepeg Tjupurrula 1972
Pintupi c.1915-90
Photo © Allan Scott
Timmy Payungka Tjapangati 1972
Pintupi c.1940-2000
Photo © Allan Scott
Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, July 1972
Anmatyerr/Warlpiri c.1925-89
Photo © Allan Scott
Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi 1972
Pintupi c.1920-87
Photo © Allan Scott
Charlie Wartuma Tjungurrayi 1973
Pintupi c.1921-99
Photo © Allan Scott
Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula 1972
Pintupi/Luritja c.1925-2001
Photo © Allan Scott
Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri 1972
Anmatyerr c.1929-84
Photo © Allan Scott
Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri 1972
Anmatyerr born c.1927
Photo © Allan Scott