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May. 18 - Jun. 20, 2016 All Day
The gallery Canning Stock Routes was opened at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology at 16:00 on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, the International Museum Day. The work was done based on the collaboration between the Government of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. The exhibition will last until June 19th, 2016.
The images capturing the artworks and artists exhibited at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology are part of a larger exhibition that is taking place in Australia with 116 paintings. The aboriginals of the western desert region has lived on this land for thousands of years. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, the expansion of the mining industry and livestock production in Western Australia had led to the need for a route to move the stock from the farms of the Kimberley down to stock markets in the south. The route and 54 wells dug along it were known as the “Canning Stock Route”. Then, the same routes have been opened through aboriginal lands across Australia. The story told in the exhibition is about one of such routes, it is recounted by the aboriginals living on those lands that the route goes through. It is about their contact with white people, the conflicts and the survival, the exodus and the return. But above all, it is a story about family, about the culture and the land.
This is the second collaboration between the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and the Embassy of Australia in Vietnam in organising an exhibition about Australian aboriginal works. Visitors will have an opportunity to explore some cultural features of Australian aboriginals in the Canning Stock Routes exhibition, especially through the digitization of some excellent works, the idea realised by the National Museum of Australia.
The paintings are on display at the auditorium on the first floor of the Bronze Drum Building.