Tjungunutja: from having come together

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Presented by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the Araluen Arts Centre

Developed by and premiering at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in 2017, the hugely popular and award-winning Tjunguṉnutja: from having come together sees the most significant collection of early Papunya paintings return to Central Australia for this landmark and compelling exhibition.

Curated by one of the founding artists of the Movement and a major contributing artist to this exhibition, Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, alongside world-renowned artist Michael Nelson Jagamarra AM, Bobby West Tjupurrula, Joseph Jurrah Tjapaltjarri, Kumanytjayi Anderson and Luke Scholes, Curator of Aboriginal Art at MAGNT, Tjungunutja showcases over 80 early Papunya paintings from MAGNT’s Collection, providing a unique insight into the artistic development of the progenitors of the Western Desert art movement.

Tjunguṉnutja documents, retells and reinforces the Western Desert art movement as one of the nation’s, and the world’s, most important. The exhibition incorporates new acquisitions, unpublished photographs and historical ephemera, telling hitherto untold stories by people of the Western Desert region with personal accounts of the movement and its origins.

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