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Tjungunutja: from having come together


Presented by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the Araluen Arts Centre

Developed by and premiering at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in 2017, the hugely popular and award-winning Tjungunutja: from having come together sees the most significant collection of early Papunya paintings return to Central Australia for this landmark and compelling exhibition.

Curated by one of the founding artists of the Movement and a major contributing artist to this exhibition, Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, alongside world-renowned artist Michael Nelson Jagamarra AM, Bobby West Tjupurrula, Joseph Jurrah Tjapaltjarri, Kumanytjayi Anderson and Luke Scholes, Curator of Aboriginal Art at MAGNT, Tjungunutja showcases over 80 early Papunya paintings from MAGNT’s Collection, providing a unique insight into the artistic development of the progenitors of the Western Desert art movement.

Tjungunutja documents, retells and reinforces the Western Desert art movement as one of the nation’s, and the world’s, most important. The exhibition incorporates new acquisitions, unpublished photographs and historical ephemera, telling hitherto untold stories by people of the Western Desert region with personal accounts of the movement and its origins.

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory acknowledges funding support from the Australia Council for the Arts, the Northern Territory Government and the Gordon Darling Foundation.
The tour of Tjungunutja: from having come together to the Araluen Arts Centre is made possible through the generosity of principal donors Michael Sitzler and Terri Layman.


Image: Tutuma Tjapangati, Pintupi/Pitjantjatjara c. 1909 – 1987, Recto: Untitled (Archetypal Dreaming journey) 1971, Synthetic polymer paint on compressed fibre board, 54.0 x 21.1cm. Collection of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. © the estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency courtesy Papunya Tula Artists.


16 March 2019 - 02 June 2019


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