What's on: Menagerie Exhibition

*Now closed* A fascinating and vibrant exhibition of Indigenous Australian art inspired by animals.

Menagerie #5

 © Australian Museum

Event Type:
Special event
Date:
12 May 2012 to 13 July 2014

Menagerie has left the building!

Our Menagerie exhibition finished on 13 July 2014.

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Touring exhibition enquiries

To bring Menagerie to your venue, please contact Louise Teteris on (02) 9320 6034 or via email

Exhibition information

What do you see when you look at animals? What significance do you give them? What relationships do you form?

Come and discover how Indigenous Australian artists view them as they share with us their understanding of animals and, through their art, their relationships to place, identity, culture and survival.

  • Contemporary wooden, fibre, metal and ceramic sculptures recently purchased by the Australian Museum
  • Framed works by award-winning artist Danie Mellor
  • Bark paintings from the Museum’s collections

"These pieces are amazing, vibrant artworks. But, their value extends beyond ‘art’ – they are a priceless record of our heritage. Despite the variety of form and style, they are united in their purpose – at their centre lies a cultural message and the spiritual world, the Dreaming."
- Charlotte Galleguillos, Indigenous Project Officer

The sculptures displayed in this exhibition are some of our most recent collection acquisitions. A vital part of the contemporary heritage of Indigenous Australians, most were created for a temporary and touring exhibition co-developed by the Australian Museum and Object: Australian Design Centre. The acquisition of the sculptures was made possible by a grant from the Australian Museum Foundation and the bequest of Patricia M Porritt, which is administered by the Foundation.

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