Saturday, March 17, 2018
What were they thinking?
The exhibition was touted as masterworks from the NGA's extensive collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. And for me, it was certainly nice to see so many familiar works on display on the other side of the world.
But I was left wondering what the German audience would have thought of the show.
Oddly, there was not a single gallery label in sight. According to the lady at the front desk, "labels are no longer fashionable".
In my view, the NGA missed an extraordinary opportunity to educate the German audience about the spiritual, historical and political context behind the works.
Without any context, most audiences will just see a bunch of pretty painted canvases and barks, and a few odd-looking sculptures and video installations.