Organized by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

Maḏayin

Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala

Experience one of the world’s greatest artistic traditions from the perspective of those who shaped it.

Organized by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia in partnership with the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre.

  • WAITJUŊ MUNUŊGIRRITJ
    Biranybirany
    1965
    60¼ x 24¼ in. (153 x 61.5 cm)
    Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

  • DJAMBAWA MARAWILI
    Journey to America
    2018
    106¼ x 39⅜ in. (270 x 100 cm)
    Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

  • NOŊGIRRŊA MARAWILI
    Baratjala
    2018
    63¾ x 44½ (162 x 113 cm) x
    Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

  • MANYDJARRI GANAMBARR
    Djambarrpuyŋu Mäna
    1996
    75⅞ x 22¾ in. (193 x 58 cm)
    Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

  • NYAPANYAPA YUNUPIŊU
    Ganyu (Stars)
    2018
    91¾ x 42¾ (233 x 108.5 cm)
    Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

  • MITHINARI GURRUWIWI
    Naypinya
    1963
    55¾ x 22⅜ in. (141.5 x 57 cm)
    Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

  • MUŊURRAWUY YUNUPIŊU
    Ŋalarrwuy
    1961
    32½ x 17¾ in. (82.5 x 45 cm)
    Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

  • WANDJUK MARIKA
    The Coming of Djaŋ’kawu
    1962
    47½ x 21. In. (120.5 x 53 cm)
    Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

  • MULKUṈ WIRRPANDA
    Retja I
    2020
    79⅞ x 38¼ in. (203 x 97 cm)
    Forthcoming acquisition, The Maḏayin Commission

About the Exhibition

Maḏayin is the result of a six-year collaboration between Kluge-Ruhe and Indigenous knowledge holders from the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre in northern Australia. It chronicles the rise of a globally significant art movement as told from the perspective of the Yolŋu people. Maḏayin presents more than 90 iconic paintings on eucalyptus bark, inviting audiences across the US to discover this inspiring story of the sacred, the beautiful, and the power of art.
 
Maḏayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala is organized by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in partnership with the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala. It opens at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth in September 2022.

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Help us share Yolŋu art and culture with the world, in their own voices and in their own way. Your gift will bring Yolŋu artists and knowledge holders to the USA to participate in opening ceremonies and programs throughout the Madayin touring exhibition.

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