Previous exhibitions

On this page you will find an overview of previous AAMU-exhibitions. Click on a picture to get more information and to see a slideshow.

Saltwater Country (11 January 2015)

Saltwater Country shows the great diversity of art produced by 16 Queensland artists. They have given visual expression to their engagement with the coastline and the sea.

BLAK. Forced into images (12 October 2014)

In the photo and video works of BLAK. Forced into images, six influential, committed artists show poignant, challenging yet also humoristic images. All six of them mock the distorted image forced upon them because of their appearance, gender or Aboriginal descent.

Country to Coast. Colours of the Kimberley (12 January 2014)

Country to Coast takes the visitor on a visual journey through the Kimberley, a remote region in north-western Australia with a rich art tradition. From the ochre colours of the East Kimberley, via the flah colours of the south to a colour explosion on the western coast of Australia.

BOMB (11 June 2013)

The exhibition BOMB was organised to commemorate the Treaty of Utrecht. Two Australian artists, Blak Douglas and Adam Geczy depicted themes such as nationalism, racism and xenofobia in video, photography, murals, installations and performances.

Storytellers (13 January 2013)

In this exhibition five important stories from Aboriginal culture are told through superb art works on canvas and bark.

Outsider/Insider. The art of Gordon Bennett (21 June 2012)

Soloexhibition of one of the most significant contemporary Australian artists. The exhibition gives an overview of the rich and layered oeuvre of Gordon Bennett.

Heart and Soul. The Laverty Collection Sydney. (20 January 2012)

With Heart and Soul, the AAMU presents the first exhibition of the Laverty Collection in Europe. This collection is regarded as one of the most important private Aboriginal art collections in the world.

Be My Guest (27 May 2011)

In Be My Guest: 10 encounters with Aboriginal art, artworks by major names in Aboriginal art enter into dialogue with other contemporary art. Ten guestcurators from the Dutch artworld have each matched an Aboriginal artwork with another artwork of their choice.

Breaking with tradition. CoBrA and Aboriginal art (11 November 2010)

Breaking with tradition explores the influence of the ideas of the European avant-garde movement Cobra on the development of contemporary Aboriginal art.

Aboriginal art today! (21 April 2010)

Aboriginal art today! provides a fascinating overview of the evolution of contemporary Aboriginal art from around 1970 right up to recent developments.

Paddy Bedford. Crossing frontiers (8 October 2009)

Paddy Bedford. Crossing frontiers is the first solo-exhibition of Paddy Bedford outside Australia. Paddy Bedford is regarded as one of Australia's most important contemporary artists.

Show your colours (23 April 2009)

Show your colours celebrates the bold use of colour in Aboriginal art from Australia.

Brook Andrew. Theme park (17 October 2008)

For Brook Andrew. Theme park the AAMU has been transformed into a remarkable and uncomfortable themapark. The Australian artist Brook Andrew takes in the entire museum.

Nomads in art (17 April 2008)

Nomads in Art is an exhibition in which the desert paintings of four Aboriginal artists shown side by side with the work of the renowned Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers

Brilliance (12 October 2007)

Brilliance, a world of shimmer, rarrk en glitter attracts and seduces. Is brilliance in the arts superficial or meaningful? The exhibition Brilliance attempts to answer this question.

Two laws ... One big spirit (24 March 2007)

Two laws ... One big spirit is an intense artistic dialogue between two artists from very different cultural backgrounds: Rusty Peters, an Aboriginal artist from the north of Australia, and Peter Adsett, a white artist from New Zealand. In a challenging encounter each painting became a response by one artist to a previous painting made by the other. The end result is an unusual dialogue represented by a series of fourteen paintings.

Great masters (9 September 2006)

The exhibition GROOTMEESTERS; from tradition to contemporary art shows you beautiful works of prominent Aboriginal artists from Australia. Painters, deeply rooted in traditional symbolism have developed an individual style using modern Western materials. The result is innovative contemporary art both abstract and meaningful.

Opening Doors (24 January 2006)

Opening doors literally opens the doors to another world: the world of contemporary Aboriginal art. The highlights are 12 spectacular schooldoors from the Yuemendu desert community.

Wear your dreams (16 September 2005)

In Wear your dreams Dutch artist Henk Schiffmacher explored the influence of the Aborigines ritual body decorations on their contemporary paintings and sculptures. As well as art by the original inhabitants of Australia, the exhibition included work by Schiffmacher himself.

Law and land - Art of the Spinifex people (12 May 2005)

The Spinifex People live in the Great Victorian Desert in Western Australia.They had to leave their land in the 1950’s because of the nuclear testing program. In the 1990’s the Spinifex People set up a land claim to the Western Australian Government. In support of their claim The Spinifex People decided to produce two Native Title Paintings. Law and Land, Art of the Spinifex People is an extraordinary exhibition: special because the artworks are of remarkable beauty and because it grew against the specific background of the Spinifex land claim.

Explained (21 September 2004)

The exhibition Explained, a closer look at Aboriginal art illuminated the principles and backgrounds of Aboriginal art.

Images (25 March 2004)

The exhibition IMAGES gives an overview of recent photo’s of international well-known Aboriginal photographers. The Aboriginal Art Museum show a selection of the work of Michael Riley, Destiny Deacon, Tracey Moffat, Darren Siwes, Brook Andrew, Dianne Jones, Brenda Croft en Christian Thompson.

Witty beasts (4 October 2003)

The exhibition Witty beasts was designed especially for children and featured all kinds of artworks with animals.

Women's business (18 September 2003)

Women's business recounted the unique story of five Aboriginal women who became famous artists. The highlight of the exhibition was A picture story illustrating the life story of the Aboriginals in batik-dyed silk.

The eye of Simon Levie (20 May 2003)

“Shortly after my retirement during a visit to Australia, I first laid my eyes upon Aboriginal painting. This experience truly swept me of my feet.” These words are from Simon Levie, former director of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, who has curated the exhibition The eye of Simon Levie. His choices have resulted in an extraordinary exhibition.

Bark paintings up close (14 September 2002)

Bark paintings up close shows Aboriginal art from the tropic north of Australia, Arnhem Land. Art from Arnhem Land is made predominantly of bark and natural ochre pigments. Rock paintings and engravings in Arnhem Land’s escarpment serve as templates for bark paintings.

Desert art (23 February 2002)

The exhibition Desert art shows a selection of the collection of Gabrielle Pizzi. She was a well known collector of Aboriginal art. The exhibition Desert art was also on show in Turin.

Significant images (8 September 2001)

Significant images is about significance in Aboriginal art: the creation of the universe, the bond with the land and about identity. Three themes were selected: Ancestors, Dreamtime, Ceremonies.

The encounter (3 March 2001)

The Encounter was the opening exhibition of the museum. The museum opened its doors for visitors on 3 March 2001 with an exhibition in which art from 4 regions was presented: the desert area around Alice Springs, the Kimberly, Arnhem Land and Melville Island.