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Inspired By Country

Hardback Book  |  Reading  |  31 May 2022
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Twentieth-century bark paintings from Northern Australia.

Painting on bark is part of a continuing artistic tradition of Australian Aboriginal people intimately related to long-established practices of body decoration, rock painting, and the manufacture and decoration of various objects in sacred and secular spheres. It is thought to have been practiced for centuries but has only been known to European researchers and collectors since the early nineteenth century. The Gerd and Helga Plewig Collection of Bark Paintings from Northern Australia, housed at the Museum Funf Kontinente in Munich, holds works mainly from the 1950s to the 1970s and is currently considered the best collection of its kind outside of Australia.

This volume includes works from the Kimberley, Wadeye, the Tiwi Islands, Arnhem Land, and Groote Eylandt by artists like Yirawala, Mawalan Marika, and Mungurrawuy Yunupingu.

About the Author

Michaela Appel is Senior Curator of South Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia in the Museum Funf Kontinente Munich and has done research into the history of collections, object biographies and the symbolic meaning of artefacts.

Title: Inspired By Country

Format: Hardback Book

Release Date: 31 May 2022

Type: Michaela Appel

Sku: 2670614

Catalogue No: 9783777439167

Category: Reading


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