Remembering Forward. Australian Aboriginal Painting since 1960 at Museum Ludwig, Cologne

The exhibition “Remembering Forward. Australian Aboriginal Painting since 1960” at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne / Germany presents works by nine artists: Paddy Bedford, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Queenie Mckenzie, Dorothy Napangardi, Rover Thomas, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Clifford Possum Tjalpaltjarri, Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, and Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula. Their work spans the last forty years of contemporary Australian Indigenous painting in the Central and Western Deserts and the Kimberley region.

In this video, Emily Joyce Evans (Co-curator of the exhibition) talks about the concept of the exhibition, the artists presented, and the role Australian Aboriginal Painting plays in the contemporary art scene. The above video is an excerpt, hit the jump for the full-length version.

Contemporary Aboriginal art has two central characteristics: the artists’ binding relationships to their traditions and myths on one hand, and a visual language that appears highly modern to Western viewers on the other. At first glance, the works recall abstract Western painting. At the same time, however, they are concrete realizations of the land, and they show the connection of land and Dreaming on a direct and sensual level.

The exhibition has been curated by Prof. Kasper König, Emily Joyce Evans, and Falk Wolf. Remembering Forward runs until March 20, 2011.

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