“Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation” is now showing at the British Museum in London. This landmark exhibition, organised with the National Museum of Australia and launched by HRH The Prince of Wales, is the first major exhibition in the UK to present a history of Indigenous Australia through objects. It comprises works from the museum’s collection that have never before been on display.
While critics are interrogating the museum’s cultural responsibility in showing many of the older objects, we are thrilled that the painting ‘Pukara’ – a collaborative work by Spinifex artists in the Great Victoria desert – is included in this major show. This exquisite work was acquired by the British Museum from Outstation Gallery and Spinifex Arts Project.
Many of the works from the show will travel to Canberra in November as The Encounters Exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.