june, 2021

24junAll Day27febIrrititja Kuwarri Tjungu (Past & Present Together): 50 Years of Papunya Tula Artists

Painting at Kluge-Ruhe

Event Details

In 1971, a small group of Aboriginal artists from Australia’s remote Central and Western Deserts changed the face of global contemporary art.

Irrititja Kuwarri Tjungu (Past & Present Together) celebrates the 50thanniversary of Papunya Tula Artists, from the very first experiments on scraps of board through to the epic, abstract paintings that travel the world today. It tells a story of constant artistic rejuvenation. Inspired by the sweeping ancestral landscape of the Australian desert, it is one of the world’s greatest stories of resilience, self-determination and the power of art.

Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog edited by Fred Myers & Henry Skerritt available through University of Virginia Press in October 2021. Irrititja Kuwarri Tjungu (Past & Present Together) will be exhibited over two years in two parts to explore the depth of both the beginning of the movement (Part I) and its contemporary momentum (Part 2).



June 24 (Thursday) - February 27 (Sunday)


Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA