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Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture was on show in the First Australians Focus Gallery at the National Museum of Australia from 12 July to 14 October 2012. This unique and groundbreaking exhibition exposed the richness and breadth of contemporary Indigenous sculpture in Australia.
Menagerie included both well-known and emerging artists who have each produced outstanding sculptural works depicting a variety of animals. Through these works, the artists share with us their cultural knowledge, expressions of identity and connections to country.
Menagerie highlighted the sophistication and complexity of the art and culture of Australia's Indigenous peoples.
Left: Jurrukukuni (Owl), 2008, by Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri. Courtesy the artist and Jilamara Arts and Crafts. Photo: Australian Museum.