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Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert showcased the Museum’s extraordinary collection of Western Desert art. These works have rarely been seen in Australia. Papunya Painting made its debut in Canberra from 28 November 2007 to 3 February 2008.

explore the exhibition

Artworks The exhibition included many works on canvas, carvings and other objects.
Artists Meet the artists whose works feature in the Papunya Painting exhibition.
Exhibition View gallery images and an introduction to the exhibition.

Touring exhibition

Papunya Painting: Out of the Australian Desert was on show at the National Art Museum of China in 2010. Nine paintings from the collection featured in Papunya Painting: Time and Place, at WA Museum Boola Bardip from 5 March 2022 to 19 March 2023.

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A note on spelling

With minor exceptions, the spelling of Aboriginal words used in this website follows the Pintupi/Luritja Dictionary, 3rd edition, by KC & LE Hansen, published by the Institute for Aboriginal Development, Alice Springs, 1992. The titles of paintings are those recorded by the art advisers who documented the works at the time they were purchased. Alternative spellings have been provided (in brackets) which are consistent with current usage within Central Australian Aboriginal communities.

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