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World of Dreamings. Traditional and Modern Art of Australia
2 February - 9 April 2000

The exhibits on display illustrate the art of the peoples of six regions of Australia - Arnhem Land, Kimberley, Desert, Cape York Peninsula and town territories. The exhibition also includes two collective works: "The Aboriginal Memorial" of the Ramingining artists and a group of sculptures of the Wik arists from Aurukun.

The subjects for the pictures of Rover Thomas (1926-1998) from Wangkajunka people are taken from ancient and modern history of Australia. In his works Thomas very often turned to tragedies of the indigenous peoples of Australia, for example, mass elimination of Aborigines at the beginning of 20th century. His creative style is close in its spirit to the works of art of the Western artists of 20th century.

The art of Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910-1996) being under the influence of Western art still vividly demonstrates national traditions.

The works of Nym Bunduk (1904-1981) are very seldom released to the public arena. They are mostly paintings on bark. The exhibition includes his conceptual paintings narrating about Murin-pata people.

The source of style of John Mawurndjul (born 1952) who paints his works on the eucalyptus bark can be definitely found in the art of ritual body painting.

The main subject of works of Fiona Foley (born 1964) is collision between the traditional Aboriginal culture and the culture of white colonists. To express this idea in her installations Foley uses combination of natural materials with modern synthetic paints and metals.

The works of the photographer and producer Tracey Moffatt (born 1960) who studies the problem of national self-consciousness are very popular at the exhibitions in Europe and America.

The Aboriginal Memorial was constructed by 43 artists from Ramingining region in the Northern Australia and is an installation of 200 painted hollow log coffins for the bones of the perished people. The Memorial was constructed in 1987-1988 when Austratia celebrated 200 anniversary of the beginning of colonisation of this continent by the Europeans. It is a peculiar sign of protest against many years of oppression of Aboriginal people. The Memorail commemorates Aborigines who perished defending their land in the course of 200 years of colonisation.


Fiona Foley


Nameless
(The map of region Murinh-patha).
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The Aboriginal Memorial
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A fragment of composition
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