Songs of a Secret Country

This exhibition comprises contemporary paintings and sculpture by Indigenous Australian artists from various regions across the Australian continent, from the central desert to coastal regions and islands. Centering on the theme of "country," the artworks sing melodies of ancestors and land, creation and power, history and memory, community and identity. In caring for and painting their ancestral terrain and home places, Aboriginal artists acknowledge the countless memories already lived and those to come.

"Songs of a Secret Country" was curated by five students from universities across the United States. As part of the UVA Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative, this project trains the next generation of curators to address the pressing lack of diversity in museum practice. The artworks represented are a recent gift to the Kluge-Ruhe Collection by philanthropists Stephen and Agatha Luczo of California.

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection is the only museum outside Australia dedicated solely to the exhibition and study of Indigenous Australian art. The museum is open Tues - Sat, 10 am - 4 pm, Sun, 1 - 5 pm, closed Mondays.

  • 400 Worrell Drive
  • Charlottesville, VA 22911

Region: Pantops

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... more