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

  • EXHI015537
    Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula
    Pintupi/Luritja c.1925-2001
    Water Dreaming at Kalipinypa 1972
    synthetic polymer paint on composition board
    80.0 x 75.0 cm
    John and Barbara Wilkerson, New York, USA
    © artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd
  • EXHI015532
    Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri
    Pintupi c.1926-98
    Big Cave Dreaming with ceremonial object 1972
    synthetic polymer paint on composition board
    91.1 x 63.8 cm
    John and Barbara Wilkerson, New York, USA
    © artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd
  • EXHI015508
    Uta Uta Tjangala
    Pintupi c.1926-90
    Snake Dreaming for children 1972
    synthetic polymer paint on composition board
    41.0 x 61.0 cm
    National Museum of Australia, Canberra
    Purchased, 2008
    © artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd

Artists

ARTS002141
Ronnie Tjampitjinpa 1972
Pintupi born c.1943
Photo © Allan Scott
EXHI015776
Tutuma Tjapangati 1977
Pintupi/Pitjantjatjara c.1909-87
Photo © Kevin Diflo

Objects

  • EXHI015839
    Unknown
    Wangkangurru active 1920s
    Headdress 1920s
    rabbit fur, fur string
    58.5 x 28.0 x 3.5 cm
    Museum Victoria, Melbourne
    Purchased from George Aiston, 1923 (X29118)
    © Museum Victoria 2011 / Photographer Benjamin Healley
  • EXHI015832
    Unknown
    Bardi active 1920s
    Pearl shell pendant 1920s
    pearl shell, earth pigments, human hair
    58.5 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
    Museum Victoria, Melbourne
    Purchased from the Cripps Collection, 1984 (X98257)
    © Museum Victoria 2011 / Photographer Benjamin Healley
  • EXHI015831
    Unknown
    Bardi active 1930s
    Pearl shell pendant 1930s
    pearl shell, earth pigments, human hair
    56.0 x 12.0 x 5.0 cm
    Museum Victoria, Melbourne
    Purchased from the Cripps Collection, 1984 (X98248)
    © Museum Victoria 2011 / Photographer Benjamin Healley
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