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The country is so different, the pictorial forms of expression in the art of the Aborigines so diverse. Hängung #21 – Am Anfang war das Land focuses on two different artistic traditions. It presents works from Central Australia and Arnhem Land.


KUNSTWERK presents contemporary works by indigenous artists who live and work in very different regions of the Australian continent – in the tropical, humid north and in the dry steppes and deserts of Central Australia. Depending on their region of origin and the painting traditions to which they feel bound, they use dyes such as natural pigments or acrylic paints; for the painting surface, they use canvas, tree bark, wood or paper. The type of representation ranges from the almost naturalistic rendering in some paintings from Arnhem Land to total abstraction in the “dot paintings” of Central Australia. Yet, with all the differences in terms of artistic realisation or material, one common subject runs through the works: they are all based upon a deep spiritual relationship between the people and their land.


TOUR #21


Doris Bush Nungarrayi
Doris Bush Nungarrayi, Tjurrpinyi Ikuntji, 2018, Acrylic on Linen, 122 x 198 cm (Photo: Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, ©Doris Bush Nungarrayi, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

For many people, pictures from the deserts of central Australia dabbed on canvas with acrylic paints have become the epitome of Aboriginal art. Hängung #21 now places them side by side with very different works from the tropical north: barks or tree trunks painted with earth pigments.


Guided Tours Hängung #21

Sunday, 2. February | 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Wednesday, 5. February | 3 p.m.
Sunday, 16. February | 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Guided Tours in February with Robyn Kelch and Valeria Waibel.


Under the title Gegenwart | Erinnerung, Hängung #22 at KUNSTWERK presents works by ten artists who have been nominated for the 2020 foundation prize for photographic art from the Alison and Peter Klein foundation.


Alison and Peter W. Klein have exhibited their art collection in the museum designed by Folker Rockel since October 2007.


An 60 pp catalogue (German) is published for the exhibition Hängung #21 – Am Anfang war das Land. Kunst der Aborigines with text by Dr. Ulrich Menter.

15 Euro

Available at KUNSTWERK or order by Email (plus additional shipping cost).