• Tjunguṉutja: from having come together
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Tjunguṉutja: from having come together

Award-winning exhibition Tjunguṉutja: from having come together comes to Central Australia; a return home for this significant collection of early Papunya paintings.

In 1971 at the Government settlement of Papunya in the Northern Territory, a group of Aboriginal men began to paint depictions of their ceremonial lives onto scraps of discarded building materials. These paintings marked the beginnings of the Western Desert art movement and are now regarded as some of Australia’s most treasured cultural, historical and artistic items.

The following year, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory made a visionary purchase of over 100 of the most significant early examples. 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.

This compelling exhibition reveals a collection that has been shrouded in mystery, controversy and intrigue for over 40 years. Comprising of over 130 paintings, rare cultural artefacts and historical ephemera, Tjunguṉutja provides an extraordinary insight into the genesis of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement.

Curators: Long Jack Philipus Tjakamarra, Michael Nelson Tjakamarra, Sid Anderson, Bobby West Tjupurrula, Joseph Jurrah Tjapaltjarri & Luke Scholes, Curator Aboriginal Art MAGNT.

Developed and presented by Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in 2017, this hugely popular show opens at Araluen Arts Centre on Saturday, March 16th, and runs until June 2nd.

For more, visit https://araluenartscentre.nt.gov.au/whats-on/tjungunutja-having-come-together