– Highlights

highlight
Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

highlight
Exhibition

Telling Tales

02 Jun - 09 Oct

highlight
Exhibition

Louise Hearman

29 Sep - 04 Dec

– News from inside the MCA

Please Touch: Tactile Tours for Families

Artist Educator, Brook Morgan gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the development of this new program for families. more

Interview with September film curator Adrian Martin

James Vaughan speaks to Australian arts critic and audiovisual artist Adrian Martin about the month of contemporary Portuguese cinema he has guest curated for the MCA more

Most Memorable: Young Ambassador art adventures

Founding and new members of our Young Ambassador program share their fondest event memories more

– Spotlights from the collection online

highlight
MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

highlight
Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

highlight
Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Born c.1910, Alhalkere (Soakage Bore), Northern Territory. Utopia people, Arandic ‘skin’ moiety, Anmatyerre language. Died 1996, Alhalkere (Soakage Bore), Northern Territory.


In a short but brilliant career, Emily Kame Kngwarreye carved out a deserved reputation as one of Australia’s most important artists. Her unique art encompasses the breadth, substance, history and meaning of her precious land, which was her enduring subject.

Kngwarreye had no formal art education but learned the mark making and composition of the Anmatyerre tradition in which she was raised. Her first foray into art in western media was through batik in the late 1970s, but it was when she began painting on canvas in 1988 that she found her true medium. Over the next eight years she produced an outstanding body of work that drew on the history, stories, geography, vegetation and substance of her land.

Kngwarreye’s work is included in public, corporate and private collections. In 1997 she represented Australia posthumously at the Venice Biennale, and in 1997 the Queensland Art Gallery staged a major retrospective of her work that travelled throughout Australia. In 2011 a second major survey travelled from the National Museum in Canberra to Osaka and Tokyo, Japan.

Works by Emily Kame Kngwarreye

– In the MCA Collection online

– View also

All
Works

Related Exhibitions