In celebration of Year of Australian Culture, sponsored by the National Art Museum of China and various departments of the Australian government, an Aboriginal art exhibition from Australia is currently on display at Hall 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 since June 10 until August 26, 2010. As new fruits of the artistic exchange between the two countries, the show is of special significance on its debut in china.

The Aboriginal people have lived in Australia for at least 50,000 years. There are more than 250 different cultural tribes with distinct languages. The Aboriginal art combining the practical and the artistic features, is an important cultural heritage and artistic treasure in the human being.

The Australian government is always encouraging the diversified cultures and making great efforts to protect the Aboriginal art in a bid to maintain and innovate the art. The exhibition introduces the works from Papunya in Central Australia and Balgo Hill in Western Australia. The show reflects the culture and the artistic style in the hinterland as a good opportunity for the audience to appreciate the local art.

In the 1970s and the early 1980s, some Aboriginal artist from the central and the western deserts created a number of paintings, which changed the understanding about the art. The Aboriginal art is an important stream in the country as well as a kind of artistic form worth worldwide attention. It is more important that the exhibition is hoped to reflect the life, the history and the art of the local people.