Group exhibition: Ancestral Power and the Aesthetic - Art Collector

Makani Wilingarr, Ngarra minytji (Ngarra ceremony design), 1937. Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark, 61.7 x 125.6cm. Courtesy: the artist and Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria

Ancestral Power showcases the extraordinary painted works collected from Arnhem Land during the 1930s and 1940s by the late Melbourne-based anthropologist Professor Donald Thomson. The exhibition features bark paintings and objects decorated with sacred clan designs and illustrates the differences in painting styles between Dhuwa and Yirritja clans and between those of central and eastern Arnhem Land.

Ancestral Power is a Museum Victoria touring exhibition presented in association with the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, and will be opened with a talk by Lindy Allen, senior curator of the Indigenous program at Museum Victoria.

Opening: 6pm Friday 30 November 2012
Exhibition closes: 20 January 2013
Location: Gippsland Art Gallery, Port of Sale Civic Centre, 68-70 Foster Street, Sale VIC 3850
Contact: 03 5142 3372
Email: gallery_enquiries@wellington.vic.gov.au


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