Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Nigeria's Battles

Read more

DEBATE

Nigeria's Battles (part 2)

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Over 70 killed in Nigeria bus station terror attack

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Pornagraphy without borders is key benefit of EU, says French MEP

Read more

FOCUS

China trade deal: is Taiwan's identity under threat?

Read more

ENCORE!

“Booty Looting” memory and mediums

Read more

WEB NEWS

Another Google Glass wearer attacked in San Francisco

Read more

LIFESTYLES

Sustainable cuisine

Read more

DEBATE

Eastern Ukraine: the escalation (part 2)

Read more

  • 2 dead, 100 missing after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

    Read more

  • Putin warns Ukraine "on brink of war" as Kiev continues "anti terror" operation

    Read more

  • Syria “torture” photos stun, silence UN Security Council members

    Read more

  • More than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped in northeast Nigeria

    Read more

  • 'Miracle girl' healthy after seven-organ transplant in Paris

    Read more

  • Paris police memo calling for Roma eviction ‘rectified’

    Read more

  • Burgundy digs into France's bureaucratic 'mille-feuille'

    Read more

  • French court drops ‘hate speech’ case against Bob Dylan

    Read more

  • Algeria rights crackdown slammed ahead of election

    Read more

  • Iraq closes notorious Abu Ghraib jail over security fears

    Read more

  • Berlusconi sentenced to community service for tax fraud

    Read more

  • In ‘Tom at the Farm’, Xavier Dolan blends Hitchcock and homoeroticism

    Read more

  • US to mark one year since Boston Marathon bombing

    Read more

  • Deadly fire rips through Chile’s Valparaiso for third day running

    Read more

  • India's Supreme Court establishes third gender category

    Read more

  • Bluefin-21 'mini-sub' to redeploy for Malaysian jet

    Read more

  • Paris hotel that hosted Holocaust survivors shuts for renovation

    Read more

  • Guardian, Washington Post win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

    Read more

  • French police begin mass DNA test in hunt for school rapist

    Read more

  • Americas to see 'Blood Moon' total lunar eclipse

    Read more

  • France looks to lift ailing economy with business-friendly diplomacy

    Read more

Culture

Aboriginal art on display on Paris roof

© AFP

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-06-06

A massive version of a piece by Australian aboriginal artist Lena Nyadbi went on display Thursday on the roof of the library at the Musée du Quai Branly. The work, which represents three women trying to catch a fish, is visible from the Eiffel Tower.

Move over Mona Lisa! Paris is about to unveil a new work of art that, just like Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, will be seen by millions of visitors every year.

From Thursday, a massively enlarged version of a work by Australian Aboriginal artist Lena Nyadbi will adorn the roof of the multimedia library at the French capital's Musee du Quai Branly on the banks of the Seine.

Created by stencils and with the same kind of rubberised paint used for traffic signs, the 700-square-metre (7,500 sq. ft) installation has been designed to be visible from several different levels of the nearby Eiffel Tower, which draws in around seven million visitors every year.

The enlarged version of Dayiwul Lirlmim (Barramundi Scales), a black and white abstract work, is 46 times bigger than the ochre and charcoal original created by Nyadbi.

The piece is a visual representation of a dreaming story from the Gija people of Western Australia in which three women try to catch a barramundi.

The fish escapes them but, in the process, it scatters its scales across the territory of the Gija in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia.

In Aboriginal culture, dreaming stories often provide an account of creation. In the case of the Dayiwul Lirlmim, the scattered scales explain the presence of diamonds in an area that is now home to the world's largest diamond mine.

Opened in 2006, the Quai Branly museum showcases non-European art and houses more than 3,000 pieces and artefacts from Oceania, including hundreds of Aboriginal weapons, boomerangs, tools and sculptures.

The museum recently hosted an exhibition of the largest collection of modern Aboriginal paintings to have gone on display outside of Australia.

"The Sources of Aborigine Painting", was a major hit, drawing 133,716 visitors over the course of three months in which Paris was also hosting blockbuster collections of the works of Edward Hopper and Salvador Dali.

Nyadbi's work is already a permanent fixture in the museum as she created a mural, Jimbirla and Gemerre (spearheads and scarifications) that adorns one of the external walls, which can be seen from the capital's Rue de l'Universite.

Works by seven other Australian Aboriginal artists are featured on ceilings throughout the museum.

The popularity of these works inspired the museum to think about what it could do with the roof, which the building's acclaimed architect, Jean Nouvel, was reluctant to leave as a dull, monotone grey.

Now in her late 70s, Nyadbi is expected to attend Thursday's inauguration of her rooftop work and a parallel exhibition of eight Gija artists which will be on display at the nearby Australian embassy.

The trip to Paris represents the latest stage in a remarkable life journey for a woman who worked on cattle farms before starting her career as an artist under the auspices of the Warmun Art Centre.

(AFP)

Date created : 2013-06-06

  • France

    Keith Haring Paris exhibit reveals artist's 'political line'

    Read more

  • CULTURE

    Marseille museum a bridge between Mediterranean cultures

    Read more

  • ART

    French town raises €4m to bring Courbet painting home

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)