About the bark paintings

Welcome to the National Museum of Australia's extensive collection of bark paintings. It was only recently confirmed that this collection is the largest in the world with over 2,000 paintings. What is presented here represents the efforts of many collectors and institutions over many decades. Please explore this amazing collection with an eye for the artistry it holds and the rich history it represents. Since the National Museum of Australia was established in 1980, it has inherited and acquired this vast collection of paintings and their associated documentation. As a result, the extent and quality of the data and images contained in these records varies. Whilst we make every reasonable effort to add to and improve them prior to publication, this is an ongoing process.

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Part of the Old Masters: Australia's Great Bark Artists exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.