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Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture in Australia

Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture

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Ironwood and ochre sculpture of an owl.

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.

See some of the sculptural works

Learn more about the artists

Visit Object's Menagerie website for more about the exhibition

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Left: Jurrukukuni (Owl), 2008, by Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri. Courtesy the artist and Jilamara Arts and Crafts. Photo: Australian Museum.


Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture was developed through a collaboration between Object: Australian Centre of Craft and Design and the Australian Museum. 

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