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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.


Tots & Dots

  • From: May 06, 2014 - September 02, 2014
  • Times: 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

For budding art connoisseurs ages 6 months - 4 years. First Tuesday of each month at 10 am, 11 am, and 1 pm. Registration required. Join the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection for this two-part early visual literacy program for children ages six months to four years. The first twenty minutes will feature a brief tour focusing on basic elements of visual art and ways to further stimulate visual and interpretive development in young children. According to early childhood development studies, ... Visit Website


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


We are Tiwi

  • From: May 30, 2014 - August 24, 2014
  • Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

This group exhibition brings together artists from Jilamara Arts and Crafts and Munupi Arts and Crafts, two art centers located roughly sixty miles north of Darwin off the northern coast of Australia. The carved and painted Pukumani poles from the forests of Bathurst and Melville Islands – the land of the Tiwi people – have inspired international collectors, curators and artists for a century or more. Tiwi culture, history and traditional stories are vividly expressed through lines, ... Visit Website


WE ARE TIWI - Art from JLAMARA AND MUNUPI ARTISTS

  • From: May 30, 2014 - August 24, 2014
  • Times: 10am-4pm
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

WE ARE TIWI - May 30 - August 24, 2014 On May 30 the Kluge-Ruhe Collection will celebrate the opening of its newest exhibitions. We Are Tiwi is a series of works by acclaimed artists from Munupi Art Center & Jilamara Arts & Crafts in the remote Tiwi Islands off the northern coast of Australia. Also opening this month is a new exhibition of work from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. Jilamara Arts & Crafts will end on August 22, 2014. Munupi Art Center will end on August ... WE ARE TIWI - May 30 - August 24, 2014

On May 30 the Kluge-Ruhe Collection will celebrate the opening of its newest exhibitions. We Are Tiwi is a series of works by acclaimed artists from Munupi Art Center & Jilamara Arts & Crafts in the remote Tiwi Islands off the northern coast of Australia. Also opening this month is a new exhibition of work from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection.

Jilamara Arts & Crafts will end on August 22, 2014.

Munupi Art Center will end on August 24, 2014.

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa is closed on Mondays!

 

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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