September 3 – December 4, 2022
Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala


Virtual 3D Tour

Explore the exhibition Madayin virtually through this 3D Matterport scan. Move through the museum and galleries by clicking on the transparent circles on the floor. Click on the gray icons to learn more about the exhibition and works on view through additional materials.


Maḏayin is the result of a seven-year collaboration between the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and Indigenous knowledge holders from the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre in northern Australia. It chronicles the rise of a globally significant art movement as told from the perspective of the Yolŋu. Maḏayin presents more than 90 iconic paintings on eucalyptus bark, inviting audiences across the US to discover this inspiring story of the sacred, the beautiful, and the power of art.

Maḏayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala is organized by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia.

The exhibition's presentation at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, is generously supported by the Charles Gilman Family Endowment, the Owen and Wagner Collection of Aboriginal Australian Art Endowment Fund, and the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

Exhibition Curator

Mr. W. Waṉambi | Djambawa Marawili AM | Wäka Munuŋgurr | Yinimala Gumana | Henry Skerritt | Kade McDonald

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Take a Closer Look


A screenshot of a digital closer look experience.

Explore Mulkuṉ Wirrpanda's Retja I  | Rainforest I through this interactive close-looking experience.



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Exhibition subject: Modern & Contemporary ArtOceania