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Taipei Fine Arts Museum

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Taipei Fine Arts Museum

"BALGO : Contemporary Aus-tralian Art from the Balgo hills"
Balgo comes to Taipei from Australia via critical and popular acclaim in Wellington, Manila, Honolulu and Bangkok. The exhi-bition will continue to tour internationally, including to Hong Kong, Hanoi, Beijing and New Delhi.
The exhibition comprises a selection of ?6 significant artworks from the Artbank Collection including an important suite of ?prints by senior Balgo artists expressly acquired for the show.
The Balgo Hills, surrounded by desert, are in the northeast of Western Australia. The aborigines on the hills follow the creation myths and animist beliefs of their ancestors, praying to the gods to overcome the various challenges they face in life. The hills, low-lying areas, caves and other landmarks, ground water, the wild plants and animals that flourish in the rainy season are their inspiration.
Paintings from the Balgo Hills were first introduced to the world in the 1980s. The colors are bright and bold, the strokes unrestrained and full of energy, the tableaus combine ancient totems and modern forms, the patterns both abstract in shape and resembling features of the landscape. Their subjects are traditional tribal myths but they create using modern acrylic and etching, changing people'存 stereotypical view of aboriginal artists and their understanding of the meaning of "contemporary"?in contemporary art.
The theme of the Balgo artists is Dreaming, the land their ancestors wandered across, even all the natural things on earth that are reincarnations of their ancestors. To Balgo artists "nature"?isn't just nature itself, it is the very real re-production of Dreaming.
By the process of depicting nature they meditate on Dreaming, understanding the sacred and mysterious metaphors of their ancestors and ancient land, and creating universal art that is always regenerating while, at the same time, reawakening memories of ancient myths, highlighting the source of Dreaming.


Updated : 2021-07-31 18:25 GMT+08:00