Exhibition about graphic art marks 15th anniversary of the AAMU in Utrecht
Remember Me. Stories in print. The exhibition can be seen from 17 January until 19 June 2016.
The AAMU Museum of contemporary Aboriginal art in Utrecht is celebrating its 15th anniversary with the new exhibition Remember Me. Stories in print. In this exhibition the museum presents compelling stories in distinctive and thought-provoking graphic art works. For Remember Me. Stories in print 60 art works were brought specially from Australia to the Netherlands.
Stories of the present and the past
Graphic art was an important component of the oeuvres of the great masters of art history – think of Rembrandt, Picasso and Warhol. The same is true of many Aboriginal artists. In the graphic oeuvre of the Aboriginal artists on display in Remember Me in which mainly etching and lithographic techniques are used, stories unfold that criss-cross the entire Australian continent.
Stories of the present and the past and of the often unwritten history of this immense country come to life in the various series of art works by thirty Indigenous artists. Vernon Ah Kee can be seen with a striking series of anonymous portraits titled Unwritten. In the works of Michael Nelson Jagamarra and Doris Bush powerful symbols and patterns are included, traditionally used to pass on stories and knowledge. For Reko Rennie the dynamic patterns of his Kamilaroi ancestors are incorporated into his art works. One of his works on display is Big Red (2013).
The story of the first contacts between the Dutch and the original inhabitants of Australia in 1606 is told in the superb prints of the Duyfken portfolio which was donated to the AAMU in 2006 by (then) Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima.
The exhibition is set up in collaboration with Cicada Press, part of the University of New South Wales Australia, Art & Design in Sydney and is supported by the Pacific Fund managed by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
Museum of contemporary Aboriginal art
3511 NP Utrecht
represented by Black Art Project, Melbourne
Big Red, 2013
Photo etching, aquatint and viscosity roll
paper size 49.5 x 30.5 cm / image size 68 x 45 cm
Old Spirit of the Sea, 2006
etching on paper
from the Duyfken portfolio
60 x 40 cm
Vernon Ah Kee
represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Unwritten (unbecoming), 2012
etching and aquatint
image size – 20 x 15.5 cm / paper size – 40 x 30 cm