Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Balgo is in Beijing for exhibition

  Opening crowd through the Balgo room

From 9 June to 26 August 2010
 Beijing, China

The Contemporary Australian art from the Balgo Hills  Western Australia is on display at Beijing's National Art Museum of China, as part of the first event for the Year of Australian Culture in China. 

The Balgo exhibition is a collaborative touring project between Artbank and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The exhibition is being featured along side the National Museum of Australia's Papunya Painting - "Out of the Australian Desert".
Th exhibition has already received wide ranging media interest, with the opening being attended by the Governor-General of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC. The Bangarra Dance Company was one of the highlight performance at the grand openning of the show.

  Exhibition banner
The Balgo exhibition shows a colourful counter point to the Papunya artworks. While steeped in deeply conventional Dreamings and tribal law, the vibrant paintings from Balgo show a current approach to art making. Their use of bright colours and acrylic media provides a contemporary method of painting. Balgo was bookended with Papunya Painting, which showcases a more traditional approach to Indigenous art practice.
While Papunya Painting from the National Museum of Australia is built on a more anthropological and cultural curatorial premise, the approach of the Artbank exhibition is very much contextualised in the framework of contemporary Australian art as a whole.

  Her Excellency the Governor General of Australia, 
Ms Quentin Bryce AC, launching the year of Australian Culture in China

Balgo - Contemporary Australian art from the Balgo Hills is scheduled to travel to the city of Guangzhou in southern China following its run in Beijing.

Photography by Peter Lin
The Information of this Blog is from ArtBank

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