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Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the exhibition and study of Australian Aboriginal Art. Working with living artists, international scholars and arts professionals, we provide a wide range of learning experiences to the University community and the public through exhibition, research and educational programs. The museum was established through a gift by American businessman John W. Kluge in 1997. Influenced by the Dreamings exhibition in New York, Kluge began collecting Aboriginal art in 1988. He compiled one of the finest private collections of Australian Aboriginal art in the world with a focus on contemporary works from Arnhem Land and the Western Desert. In 1993, Kluge purchased the collection and archives of the late Professor Edward L. Ruhe of Lawrence, Kansas. Ruhe began collecting Aboriginal art while visiting Australia as a Fulbright Scholar in 1965. He exhibited his collection widely in the United States between 1966 and 1977. Ruhe’s library and archives comprise the core of the Kluge-Ruhe Study Center. Free admission and parking. Open to the public. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday, 1 – 5 pm

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Bus Parking
Casual Dress
Child Friendly
Handicapped Accessible
Smoke Free Environment
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Addl Info Tour Planners We offer a free guided tour every Saturday at 10:30 am.
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Aboriginal Art Tour

  • From: May 04, 2013
  • Times: 10:30 AM
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Join the Kluge-Ruhe Collection each Saturday at 10:30 am for a free, guided tour of the museum's current exhibitions. No reservations required.


Art and Country

  • From: May 30, 2014 - June 30, 2015
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Art and Country is a diverse selection of thirty-four works on canvas, paper and eucalyptus bark drawn from the Kluge-Ruhe’s permanent collection. The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with “country,” their homeland. Many artists represent features of the landscape to communicate their ongoing connection to their ancestral land and the Dreaming. Other artists raise awareness about th... Visit Website


Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • From: August 30, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday 1 - 5 pm.
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection presents Gurari – Saltwater Drinker, an exhibition of works by Melbourne-based artist Ricardo Idagi (Meriam), August 29 - December 21, 2014. Gurari brings together nine of Idagi’s sculptural works that serve as a visual memoir of Mer (Murray Island), his home in the Torres Strait. Made of a wide variety of materials, from raffia and feathers to beer cans and wrought iron, the works comment on political and social issues facing Torres Strait Islanders today w... Visit Website


Opening Reception for Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • September 04, 2014
  • Times: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Join the Kluge-Ruhe Collection in celebrating the opening of its newest exhibition, Gurari – Saltwater Drinker, a group of mixed media sculptures by Torres Strait Islander artist Ricardo Idagi. Refreshments will be served, and this event is free and open to the public.


Night at the Museum with Red and the Romantics

  • September 18, 2014
  • Times: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Join us for Night at the Museum, your opportunity to explore our exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food and music in Charlottesville! With food trucks, beer from Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, and music from local band Red and the Romantics, this event is not to be missed. This summer, Night at the Museum also offers a kid's table with fun activities and a play area for babies and toddlers. Not a member? Now is your chance to become one! A special membership offer of $25 per h... Visit Website


Gallery Tour of Gurari - Saltwater Drinker

  • September 20, 2014
  • Times: 10:30 am
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Torres Strait Islander artist Ricardo Idagi (Meriam) will give a tour of Gurari – Saltwater Drinker, the exhibition of his work on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. This event is free and open to the public.


Ricardo Idagi Artist Talk and Reception

  • September 23, 2014
  • Times: 7:00 pm
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Torres Strait Islander artist Ricardo Idagi (Meriam) will present his work and discuss his art practice as a sculptor and a musician. A small reception with refreshments will follow. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Reservations are required; please RSVP by calling (434) 244-0234 or emailing kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu.