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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- Addl Info Tour Planners: We offer a free guided tour every Saturday at 10:30 am.
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Bonza is Australian slang for ‘great’. For one week only, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is selling all of its bonza merchandise at a 10% discount to community members, and a 15% discount to Kluge-Ruhe members! Support Australian Aboriginal artists in remote communities and your local non-profit museum at the same time by... more
- Address: 400 Worrell Drive
- Location: Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
- Dates: Recurring every week day until December 16, 2016
Categories: Arts, University of Virginia
This is an exhibition of drawings, prints and photographs by Australian Aboriginal artist Damien Shen (Ngarrindjeri, Chinese). These works tell the story of the hallowed Aboriginal body and its desecration when colonial scientists stole Aboriginal remains to collect them for research. Drawing works from two different series of his work, Shen... more
Join the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection for this two part early visual literacy program, featuring a brief tour focusing on basic elements of visual art followed by multi-sensory structured play for children ages two to four and social play for babies. Ages 6 months to four. Crying babies welcome. more