By January 2006, people strolling by the Musee du Quai Branly on the River Seine, not far from the Eiffel Tower, will be aware of a ‘canopy’ of Australian Indigenous art, ‘part of the architectural fabric’ of France’s major cultural project of the decade.
Chairman and Managing Director, Stephane Martin says “France has an intense interest in contemporary Indigenous art and Australian work in particular has a great reputation on the international art market.”
The museum, dedicated to the art and civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas has been designed by internationally acclaimed French architect Jean Nouvel. This permanent, public artwork will combine original work and high quality reproductions for the ceilings and facade of the four storey building.
The artists selected to exhibit are Lena Nyadbi (WA), Paddy Nyunkuny Bedford (WA), Judy Watson (Qld), Gulumbu Yunipingu (NT) and Michael Riley (NSW). Prominent indigenous curators will be Brenda Croft (Senior Curator Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art, National Gallery of Australia) and Hettie Perkins (Curator, ATSIA, Art Gallery of NSW).