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Exhibition, International

Maḏayin

Maḏayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala is a touring exhibition presented by the Kluge-Ruhe in partnership with Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka. Agency’s CEO Kade McDonald has worked on this project for the best part of the last eight years alongside the project’s lead curator Mr Wanambi, Assistant Professor of Art History at UVA Dr Henry Skerritt and the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre in Yirrkala. Agency has assisted in fundraising for the project and in supporting the international delegations of Yolŋgu artists and cultural leaders to the United States of America for the project planning and openings to date.

Maḏayin is the most significant exhibition of bark painting to tour the United States. It presents eight decades of one of Australia’s most unique contributions to global contemporary art. The exhibition opened at the Hood Museum in Dartmouth, New Hampshire, in September 2023 and then travelled to the Katzen Museum in Washington DC in April 2023. In 2024, the exhibition will tour to the University of Virginia in February, followed by the Asia Society in New York in September.

Maḏayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala is supported by National Endowment for the Humanities, Mellon Foundation, Australian Government Office for the Arts; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Fondation OPALE, The Jefferson Trust, Australia in the United States, Australian Consulate-General New York, Agency, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, UVA Arts, UVA Department of Art, National Endowment for the Arts, Australian Cultural Fund, Australia Council for the Arts, Crozier Fine Arts, and UVA Parents Fund.

Dhambit Munuŋgurr, Ocean, 2019. Natural pigments and acrylic on eucalyptus bark. 7811/32 x 42 17/32 in. (199 x 108 cm), Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia.