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Origin Stories: Creation Narratives in Australian Aboriginal Art

September 26 to December 9, 2001

Marsh Art Gallery


The Kluge-Ruhe Collection provides an incredibly valuable resource for people in Virginia and throughout the country to study and appreciate some of the most interesting and exciting work being created today - contemporary Australian Aboriginal art.

John Kluge of Virginia began collecting Aboriginal art in 1987, and in 1993 he purchased the collection of Professor Edward L. Ruhe of the University of Kansas, Lawrence. With a mission to educate the American public about Aboriginal art, the Kluge-Ruhe Collection was formed in 1997 when Kluge generously donated the work to the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

We are grateful to the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection for lending us this exhibition. Our presentation of Origin Stories is based on a larger version, which was organized by Margo Smith, Curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, in the spring of this year. At the Marsh Art Gallery, the exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the University of Richmond Cultural Affairs Committee and the Office of International Education.

Richard Waller
Executive Director
University of Richmond Museums

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Richmond, VA


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Origin Stories: Creation Narratives in Australian Aboriginal Art