The National Museum of Australia’s blockbuster exhibition Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters has opened at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin on the second leg of its international tour. It is on show in Germany until 30 October 2022.
Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters showcases five Indigenous songlines from Australia’s Western and Central Deserts. It uses over 300 paintings and photographs, objects, song, dance and multimedia to narrate the story of the Seven Sisters and their creation of the continent as they travelled from west to east.
Exhibition opens in Berlin
As part of the 70th anniversary of Australian-German diplomatic relations, the National Museum live-streamed the Humboldt launch of Songlines in Berlin to Canberra.
The Museum’s Director, Dr Mathew Trinca AM, and Germany’s Ambassador to Australia, Dr Thomas Fitschen, spoke from the Museum’s Gandel Atrium as part of the live-stream launch, which also included a Welcome to Country in language by Ngambri and Ngunnawal custodian Paul Girrawah House.
Dr Mathew Trinca AM, Director of the National Museum:
This is a momentous occasion for the National Museum of Australia and our award-winning exhibition, Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters – one of the first major international shows to be displayed at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. We are immensely proud to be sharing the foundational Australian stories with German audiences, who I know will be as captivated by this award-winning show as Australian audiences were, when the exhibition showed in Canberra.
It is fitting that Songlines is on display in Berlin’s newest cultural centre in 2022, as we celebrate 70 years of Australian–German relations.
In Berlin, Dr Hartmut Dorgerloh, General Director of the Humboldt Forum, addressed the official launch which was attended by Margo Ngawa Neale, the National Museum’s Senior Indigenous Curator and Principal Advisor, and several Indigenous artists whose work features in the exhibition including Curtis Taylor, Brenda Douglas, Tapaya Edwards, Anawari Mitchell and Jennifer Mitchell.
Dr Hartmut Dorgerloh, General Director of the Humboldt Forum:
Songlines presents an extraordinary encounter with the art and cultures of Indigenous communities at the Humboldt Forum. The program is an important contribution to presenting this new site of international polyphony, trans-disciplinarity and experiential knowledge to a broad audience.
It also opens up new perspectives on how the Humboldt Forum can become an important site for self-determination, participation, transmission and mediation. Our visitors are invited to follow the trail of the Seven Sisters in the exhibition. We hope that they are as fascinated as we are by the stunning art and installations whilst ‘walking’ the songlines.
This exhibition is on show at:
- Humboldt Forum, Berlin, Germany, 17 June to 30 October 2022
- Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France, 4 April to 2 July 2023
Songlines will also be on show in Finland from April to October 2024. The first international venue for Songlines was The Box in Plymouth, UK from October 2021 to February 2022.
Hosting the exhibition
Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters is available to tour nationally and internationally.
The Museum is committed to its key strategic goal of taking great Australian stories to the world. Developed in consultation with the traditional owners of the stories, this exhibition tells an ancient creation saga of the Australian desert. It is an Indigenous Australian narrative, and a global story, the equal of great oral storytelling traditions and epic poems throughout history. It showcases the unique cultural heritage assets of Australia.
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Read our Songlines tour media releases
Songlines was the Western Australian Museum's Boola Bardip's first major temporary exhibition.
Songlines will showcase Australian art and culture in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.
Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters is an international touring exhibition produced by the National Museum of Australia with the ongoing support of the traditional Aboriginal custodians and knowledge holders of this story.
This exhibition was on show at:
- The Box, Plymouth, United Kingdom, 21 October 2021 to 27 February 2022
- Western Australian Museum, Perth, 23 November 2020 to 26 April 2021
- National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 14 September 2017 to 28 February 2018