Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
26 Dec 1993 to 17 Jun 1994
The Arnott’s Biscuits Collection of Aboriginal Bark Paintings comprises 275 bark paintings donated to the MCA in June 1993 by Arnott’s Biscuits Limited. The collection features works from the 1960s through to the early 1980s by important artists from the creative hubs in and around Groote Eylandt, Yirrkala, Galiwin’ku, Milingimbi, Maningrida, Ramingining, Gunbalanya, Wadeye and the Tiwi islands; places still significant today for their ongoing contribution to contemporary Aboriginal art practice. The collection is widely considered to be one of the most important collections of bark paintings in the world.
This exhibition was the first public display of the newly acquired collection, and was curated by Djon Mundine and Fiona Foley. The selection they made sought to highlight the ‘master’ drawing qualities of a group of painters who had only recently been recognised as individual figures in contemporary Australian art, including the renowned artist Yirawala.