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Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Indian, Madhubani, Bihar State, Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana in exile in the forest,1982, brush and ink on paper, 56 x 76.5 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased by the Department of Indian Studies 1982
This exhibition is comprised of a collection of thirty vibrant and unusual Madhubani paintings on paper from Northern India.
The paintings were acquired in 1982 by the former Department of Indian Studies, Faculty of Arts, for use as an aid in teaching Hindu mythology.
The collection reflects the strong connections between the University’s cultural collections and its teaching programs.
Now open, The world is not a foreign land brings together work by Timothy Cook, Djambawa Marawili, Ngarra, Rusty Peters, Freda Warlapinni and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Crossing three geographically and culturally distinct regions—the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley, and North-eastern Arnhem Land—each artist presents sometimes strikingly different perspectives on what constitutes Indigenous contemporary art.