Indigenous Art Exhibition at NGV

Indigenous Art Exhibition

Had a fantastic day in Melbourne at the National Gallery of Victoria.  But first a coffee at one of Melbourne’s excellent coffee establishment, then off to Federation Square to see ‘Living Water’ which is an exhibition of contemporary indigenous art from the Far Western Desert of Australia; together with  ‘Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art’.  Both are supurb exhibitions. ‘Living Water’ demonstrates a newer, brighter, more ‘modern’ if you like, flavour of Aboriginal art, very much celebrating the use of acrylics.  ‘Tjukurrtjanu’ features the first paintings produced at Papunya in the early 70s by the founding artists of the Western Desert art movement.  The colours are the more traditional ones we associate with indigenous art but the intricacy and mastery of colour are simply outstanding.  After reaching viewing  saturation point it was time to head across the road to Mo Vida for some Spanish tapas for lunch.




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