Community members in Peppimenarti examine images of artworks by their ancestors that are held in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. Photo by Kade McDonald.
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Community members in Peppimenarti examine images of artworks by their ancestors that are held in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. Photo by Kade McDonald.
Community members in Peppimenarti examine images of artworks by their ancestors that are held in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. Photo by Kade McDonald.

Ngunguni: Old Techniques Remain Strong

“These paintings are a symbol of our cultural legacy. We need to keep this legacy strong." ARTIST REGINA PILAWUK WILSON

Ngunguni is an exhibition of paintings on eucalyptus bark from northern Australia. In 2017, the Kluge-Ruhe Collection received a request from the small art center of Durrmu Arts in the West Daly Region for images and information about artworks from their community held in its collection. After seeing this information, the elders proposed a project to revitalize bark painting in their region. This exhibition is a result of this exchange, and includes earlier artworks from the 1960s alongside contemporary works created this year, all from West Daly.

Regina Pilawuk Wilson’s artwork will also be on view this summer at Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. in the Marking the Infinite exhibition of Aboriginal paintings by established women artists.