This is a creation of HELICOPTER TJUNGGARRAY, titled HELICOPTER'S COUNTRY 1996.
Art and culture.....
Composition, use of colour, choise of material and the often abstract expression in Aboriginal Art are very recognisable to us...(I wonder if that is of importance....?? is it??? tell me....)
We are also used to be moved by works of art which we may not immediatly understand the meaning and content of.......better to use your intuition and enjoy (or not) than to try to find out what the artists might have thought while working.......we shall never be able to know...and should we know?? perhaps better not.....
Feel like a child....is the best thing to do..
Aboriginal Art is closely connected to Aboriginal culture so the Museum will illustrate every exhibition with explanatory texts and background information.
Experienced guides will give regular tours in the gallery....and I strongly advise you to have such a guided tour....so you can enjoy this art to the full!
The Aboriginals are the original people of Australia, one of the oldest "primitive societies" in the world.
They have an extremely strong bond with the country they live in, actually with Mother Earth.
Their history tells about their mythological ancestors who moulded the country.
The knowledge of this mythology and the rituals are called "DREAMINGS" .
These DREAMINGS are passed down from generation to generation, by cremonies, stories, songs...and sand-drawings..
(sand-drawings are travels)
Australia is a huge continent and there are many tribes with their own languages and thus their own style.
GABRIELLE PIZZI COLLECTION IN MELBOURNE.
She is world-famous GABRIELLE PIZZA's private collection of Aboriginal Art.
Her gallery in Melbourne is prominent..
For a number of years already Gabrielle Pizzi has devoted herself to enhance the acquaintance with the Aboriginal Art in EUROPE.
The enormous measures of many paintings and the often very colourful motives are overwhelming.
You must take in consideration that they are all painted while the artist is sitting on the floor and that they never make sketches in preparations....
They just sit down and start painting...till it is finished!
The paintings contain lots of practical information and secret knowledge from the DREAMTIME
Temporary Aboriginal Art was born in 1971 in the remote desert society PAPUNYA in Central Australia and developed to become one of the most remarkable art-movements of the 20th Century!
The huge collection from the Australian Desert Area, which the Museum owns was quite recently completed in a special way with the works of DESERT ART from Gabrielle Pizzi, to form together a temporary exhibition and an excellent one it was!
One of the highlights was the work WATER DREAMING painted by WALTHER TJAMPITJINPA (1972).
This work was created almost at the start of the movement.
PHOTO : by GEORGE NULUMBA MILPURRURRU titled LUNGURRMA 1998
This "pearl" of beauty was made by RONNIE TJAMPITJINPA and is titled: EMU DREAMING.
CREATED IN 1996.
About an extraordinary collection:
The Aboriginal Art Museum in Utrecht does not display a static collection.
Changing exhibitions will ensure that you will get acquainted with all sorts of Aboriginal Art.
You will see how artists in the remote communities (am I wrong or did WE drive them away from their own piece of earth, because WE wanted to have that TOO....?? Didn't we prevent them from "travelling" which was/is their way of life??.....) develop their own painting style and how traditions are kept.
The Gallery also shows work of Aboriginal Artists which uses video or computers...
In the Aboriginal Art Museum you will come into contact with ANCIENT ways of thinking and the contemporary cultural expressions, the state of the ART.
Aboriginal Art is made today.
The work shown here was created by: MUNTJA NUNGURRAYAI and is titled: MUNTJA'S COUNTRY 1996.
It is sad to have to say that this beauty is the result of the collision, the struggle, the frustration and the (forced!) fusuin of traditional Aboriginal culture and white, western culture....
It is only fair to mention here that "we", "civilized white people" made them suffer immensely, wanted them to change to our "ways", because we think "that is the only & best % accepted way" (and how wrong we are!!!!!) and how cruel we behaved towards e.g. the Australian Aboriginals.....the Indians in America.......
Being interested in HISTORY make it clear how cruel, mean, greedy, arrogant and more ....we've always been towards each other...... AS IF "DIFFERENT" ALWAYS MEANS "BAD"......
To continue my story: Aboriginal Art is constantly developing: the use of materials and techniques as well as style, expression, choice of subject and the ideas of the individual artist change all the time.
That is also why we consider Aboriginal Art to be contemporary Art.
At the Oudegracht in Utrecht, near the DOM tower, you will find the ABORIGINAL ART MUSEUM.
It is the 1st Gallery for contemporary Aboriginal Art in EUROPE.
The gallery presents Aboriginal art from all regions of AUSTRALIA
Isn't this work-of-art a wonderful creation ??
CREATED by : MUNTJA NUNGURRAYI, Balgo Hills.
Recently (2003) I have seen a documentary about the Aboriginals and how they create these works.
The most stunning idea is this: they just LOVE making their paintings.
Sitting in groups they hum and work, hour after hour and believe me, every dot and line tells a story, which of course has to to with their famous : SONGLINES (read CHATWIN'S BOOK "SONGLINES" ) AND DREAMS.
Once a work has been finished they are no longer interested in it! They don't care whether they are in world's most famous museums or thrown away....they don't want to keep them, see them let alone talk about them.
They do get a fair amount of money (they love MONEY and don't we all??) and a group of people interested in the Aboriginals and their wellfare buy the paint and brushes and even canvasses in frames....they only want to paint...paint...paint.....
Here are three ancient faces, faces like Mother Earth herself....after tearing apart and destroying their world (we had NO RIGHT doing this....it was/is a CRIME) we now can perhaps show some respect for those who are still with us!
Keep in mind that they don't wan't to share their world with us, their culture, lives and thoughts.....no, they paint because they LOVE painting and the painting doesn't exist for them the very moment it is finished......
Forget that they would do it for us......
Here, 3 sweet, laughing faces.....earth....they know what it means to be part of that phenomenon EARTH.......we DON'T for sure.....poor we!
THEY know the true meaning of the word RESPECT......we DON'T for sure.....poor we!
In the groundfloor you will find the Museum store / shop with books, CDs, postcards and authentic Australian products.....
Here you can also purchase the richly illustrated catalogue of the museum.
Next to the shop there is a section where you can buy Aboriginal art!
These items are bought directly from Aboriginal Art cooperations.
For a cup of coffee, a sandwich or something else you can go to the Museum café.
In the auditorium videos are shown and regular workshops are held there too.
Computers on every floor will provide you with more information on artwork and artists and you can also spend some quiet time at the reading-table where you can browse through the books on display.
This museum is WHEELCHAIR USER FRIENDLY!
This colourfull piece of art was made by JOE PWERLE ROSS and it is titled: HONEY EATER DREAMING 1990
THE MUSEUM BUILDING :
This building was erected in 1884.
In 1938 a new façade was built in the FUNCTIONALISM STYLE.
Thanks to the then also added new glass ceilings, daylight can enter every room of the Museum.
While visiting, do pay attention (and don't forget!) to the COURTYARD : the pavement is designed after a painting by the famous Aboriginal Artist HELICOPTER !
The Aboriginal Art Museum is part of the MUSEUMKWARTIER in Utrecht......
This MUSEUMKWARTIER is situated in the southern part, the old part, of the city.
It is easy to reach by PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, ON FOOT, BY BIKE OR BY CAR.
It is a string of canals, Medieval houses, churches, galleries, museums, little atmospheric restaurants. In this treasure trove you can find the history, richness, art and culture of UTRECHT.
The DOMTOWER (which of course you can/must climb!) which is more than 6 CENTURIES old and 1120 meters in height is the highlight of this tour.
The 'Dick Bruna' exhibition.
Most Dutch know him from his 'Nijntje' childrenbooks (see the picture) but he did much more.
The exhibit shows the different aspects of his work.
The museum houses a vast collection of art, fashion, toys and furniture. There is a permanent Dick Bruna (animator) exhibition.
Visit the 'Nederlands spoorwegmuseum', The Dutch Railway Museum.
Thsi museum is situated in an old railwaystation. You can see old carriages on the rails. Maybe an real train will pass through.