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The Andreas Avery Collection

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


11 Mar 1997 to 31 Aug 1997

Curator: Djon Mundine

about the exhibition

The Andreas Avery Collection of Aboriginal Art is one of the most significant of its kind. The collection contains over 350 works, consisting largely of bark paintings from Arnhem Land in the Northern territory. The Andreas Avery Collection was started at a time when Aboriginal Art was just beginning to attract the serious interest of art museums and collectors. Over the course of three decades the Hogarth Galleries Aboriginal Art Centre created this collection on behalf of the Andreas Avery family.

This selection of 129 paintings demonstrated the range and depth that is contained within this collection, and was presented in several groupings. One group of works related to Aboriginal cosmology concerning the stars and the sky. Other groups showed the interrelationships of artists in terms of families and peer groups, another focused on the work of an international artist.

The exhibition offered the first public opportunity to view a selection from the Andreas Avery Collection of Aboriginal Art.