The Berndt Museum holds a number of important exhibitions every year.
In this exhibition program, the Museum uses the objects in its collections and recent research to challenge and expand ideas about the collections. It also aims to stimulate new understanding and to nurture greater appreciation of Aboriginal art and cultural exchange to a wide range of audiences and disciplines.
Image: Bob Balirrbalirr Dirdi, Kuwinjku & Kuninjku. Ochres on bark. RM & CH Berndt Collection, Berndt Museum [Acc. No. 788]
- Mowaljarlai exhibition
Original photo: Phillip Ah Choo looking for turtle, One Arm Point, 1973, Courtesy of Kim Akerman. Secondary image: Pieter Goos, Paskaerte Zynde t'Oosterdeel Oost Indien, 1666. Private Collection.
Jacky Giles, Ngaanyatjarra, Tingarri 2000. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of Warburton Arts Project (WAC048 (M))
- The Berndt Museum along with the Milingimbi Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre and the Janet Holmes a Court Collection present a selection of works from Milingimbi Island in north-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The exhibition was a response to a Makarraṯa held on the island in late 2016, which linked a wide range of collections from around the world with the community. The barks and Larrakitj represent a small sample of works that carry strong links to people past and present, and help to celebrate the value of living culture today.
- The Berndt Museum and Warburton Arts Project bring to Perth a selection of works from the Ngaanyatjarra community's own collection. Mostly consisting of breath-taking acrylic paintings on canvas, these works highlight the importance of the visual arts in challenging our ability to see and become aware of the shifts and continuities in culture, knowledge, identity and place.
Milingimbi: A Living Culture: 28 July – 16 December
Works of Art from Warburton: 11 February - 1 July
Saltwater Mapping: 8 October - 10 December
Saltwater Mapping responded to the Dirk Hartog Celebrations by looking at the way in which humanity has mapped the Western Australian coastline for thousands of years. It was presented in association with Nagula Jarndu, Yamaji Arts, Kerry Stokes Collection, Dalia Pigram, Joe Mallard, Kim Akerman, Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation, Elaine Wiggin, State Library of Western Australia and a number of private collections.
Mowaljarlai: Visions and Voice, a Legacy of a Bush Professor: 23 April - 17 September
This exhibition of archives and research looked at the life and times of David Mowaljarlai, an elder from the Kimberley, in association with Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre.
Interwoven: 18 February - 9 April
Through the intertwining of fibre, feather, paper, string, seed and other materials, Interwoven brought to life a series of items created by culturally distinctive makers from Aboriginal Australia, Papua New Guinea and throughout Asia – from our collections.