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The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is pleased to announce its 2017 exhibition program.

Highlights from this year’s program include the stunning photography of Stephen Dupont; unveiling MAGNT’s world class collection of early Papunya boards; and the prestigious 34th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

‘MAGNT’s 2017 program looks towards the future and the past with equal force,’ said MAGNT Director Marcus Schutenko, ‘revealing the very best of the MAGNT Collection and celebrating excellence in current Australian contemporary art practice.’

2017 PROGRAM

EXIT ART: 2016 NT YEAR 12 STUDENT EXHIBITION UNTIL 4 JUNE

Exit Art is a celebration of the talents and creativity of the next generation of artists and designers, presenting the very best contemporary art and design from Northern Territory Year 12 students. Open until 4 June this exhibition reflects the diversity of NT emerging artistic practice, expressing universal themes of identity, place and environment.

HOT! HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MAGNT ART COLLECTION UNTIL 13 AUGUST

HOT! is a showcase of some of the country’s hottest artists, past and present. Hot! is an exciting survey of Australian art practice over a 120 year period and features nationally significant works by some of the country’s major artists, including Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton, Arthur Boyd, Ethel Carrick, Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, John Olsen, John Brack, Charles Blackman, and Brett Whiteley.

PIKSA NIUGINI: PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEPHEN DUPONT, 8 APRIL – 16 JULY

A stunning exhibition of photographs, artist’s books and diaries documenting Australian photographer Stephen Dupont’s numerous trips to Papua New Guinea (PNG). In this exhibition Dupont reveals the changing face of life in PNG and the powerful impact of globalisation on the fabric of its traditional Melanesian society. The exhibition also contains artefacts from MAGNT”s Papua New Guinea collection.

UNDISCOVERED: MICHAEL COOK, 17 JUNE – 27 AUGUST

A striking series of large-scale photographic works by celebrated Aboriginal artist Michael Cook, from the Bidjara people of south-west Queensland. Undiscovered provides a contemporary Indigenous perspective of European settlement in Australia, shifting roles and perspectives around the notion of European ‘discovery’ of this land. An Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition.

TJUNGUṈUTJA: FROM HAVING COME TOGETHER 1 JULY – 26 NOVEMBER

A much anticipated exhibition of the world’s most significant collection of Papunya paintings created during the seminal period, 1971–72. Tjunguṉutja, meaning ‘from having come together’ showcases the genesis of the contemporary Australian Aboriginal art movement. Featuring early paintings from Papunya alongside rare cultural artefacts, historical ephemera and photographs, Tjunguṉutja will for the first time bring together over 100 paintings from MAGNT’s collection.

34TH TELSTRA NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ART AWARDS 12 AUGUST – 26 NOVEMBER

Australia’s longest running and most prestigious Indigenous art award is back in August, showcasing the best in Indigenous art from across Australia. Since its genesis in 1984, NATSIAA continues to provide a platform for the diverse practices of Indigenous artists and is now firmly established as a critical event on Australia’s cultural calendar.

A FRONTIER JOURNEY: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF OTTO TSCHIRN 1915 – 1918 26 AUGUST – 7 JANUARY

Through the lens of his folding Kodak Brownie camera, Otto Tschirn’s keen eye captured unique aspects of daily life on the cattle stations along the Finke River Valley (Lara Pinta), the Lutheran mission station at Hermannsburg and the Overland Telegraph Station at Alice Springs. This exhibition explores alternative narratives of frontier life in Central Australia and celebrates Tschirn’s technical and compositional skill through these remarkable, never before seen photographs

A TICKET TO PARADISE, 16 SEPTEMBER – 4 FEBRUARY

Australia is a nation of migrants and the National Archives is one of the richest sources of post-World War II immigration records. This exhibition brings together public records, photographs, press and personal stories to explore the intersection of official immigration history and personal migration experiences. A National Archives of Australia travelling exhibition.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

ART TALK WITH PAINTER CLAUDINE MARZIK − Saturday 18 March, 2pm

Join Claudine Marzik as she discusses with Curator of Australian Art Wendy Garden the subtle palette and application of paint she uses to reflect the environment of far north Queensland.

ABSTRACTING THE LANDSCAPE WITH CLAUDINE MARZIK − Friday 17 March, 10am–1pm

Experimenting with layering of acrylic paint, participants will produce a textured canvas that responds to the unique environment and extreme seasonal changes of northern Australia.

EXIT ART ON THE PULSE − Sunday 26 March, 2pm

Artists Jan Danielle Domingo and Ashleigh Oliver discuss their thoughts, ideas and memories in producing their final year work with Exhibitions Coordinator Carrie Mulford.

YOUNG PAINTERS − Saturday 18 March, 10am–12pm

Under the guidance of artist Claudine Marzik, kids will paint their own abstract landscape using acrylic paint and a palette knife.

ABSTRACT PRINTING − Sunday 26 March, 10am–12pm

Using colour, form and shape children will produce a large print that draws upon the negative and positive space in nature.

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