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
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  • 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.


Painting

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    Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra
    Pintupi/Luritja born c. 1932
    Emu Dreaming 1972
    synthetic polymer paint on composition board
    64.7 x 62.8 cm
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Purchased from Admission Funds, 1987
    (O.22–1987)
    © artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists
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    Charlie Wartuma Tjungurrayi
    Pintupi c.1921–99
    Old Man’s Dreaming at Mitukatjirri 1972
    gouache on composition board
    32.7 x 65.1 cm
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Gift of Mrs Douglas Carnegie OAM, 1988
    (O.31-1988)
    © artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists
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    Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula
    Pintupi/Luritja c.1925–2001
    A bush tucker story 1972
    synthetic polymer paint on composition board
    91.4 x 66.2 cm
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of North Broken Hill Ltd, Fellow, 1987
    (O.48-1987)
    © artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists

Artists

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Ronnie Tjampitjinpa 1972
Pintupi born c.1943
Photo © Allan Scott
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Tutuma Tjapangati 1977
Pintupi/Pitjantjatjara c.1909-87
Photo © Kevin Diflo

Objects

  • INST013925
    Group of decorated shields from Central Australia
    © artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd
  • INST013913
    Group of decorated shields from Central Australia
    © artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd
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