Today, April 29, marks the launch of a unique project that will see a giant work of art by Australian Aboriginal artist Lena Nyadbi installed on the roof of the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. To be revealed on June 6, the 700 square-metre installation will be viewable from the Eiffel Tower and accessible by Google Earth users.
Lena Nyadbi is a renowned Australian Aboriginal artist from the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally and is included in many public and private collections in Australia and overseas. Lena was one of eight artists chosen to have their works woven into the fabric of the Musée du Quai Branly which was inaugurated in 2006.
President of the Musée du Quai Branly, Stéphane Martin, approached the Australia Council in 2011 with the proposal for a large scale work at the museum. The discussions led to visits with Nyadbi at her home in Western Australia and the creation of the artwork “Dayiwul Lirlmim” (Barramundi Scales), an extraordinary black and white painting inspired by the artist’s mother’s land in Dayiwul Country, Western Australia.
“We are very excited to present work of this magnitude by an important contemporary Australian Aboriginal artist,” said Stéphane Martin. “The scale and prominence of this project is a reflection of the growing interest in contemporary Aboriginal Australian art among museum visitors across Europe and internationally.”
The Paris installation will coincide with a major new exhibition of Kimberley artists from the Warmun Art Centre at the Australian Embassy in Paris, which will open on 6 June 2013.