The Kluge-Ruhe Museum

Kluge-Ruhe is the only museum of its kind in the United States: the nation’s top-notch collection of Indigenous Australian art. It is the world’s oldest continuous art tradition, more than 60,000 years in the making, but the artwork is also diverse, sophisticated, dynamic and contemporary.

The museum has caught the interest of collector-celebrity Steve Martin, who called Kluge-Ruhe one of his favorite places in Virginia! The current exhibit (thru Feb 2023) includes an essay by Martin about a piece from his private collection.

While the space is on the smaller side, exhibitions change constantly and the museum works closely with Indigenous artists, making the experience even richer. Situated nearish to Monticello with a beautiful backyard view of the city and a one-of-a-kind gift shop.

 

Queenie McKenzie, Jack Kelly’s Rockhole, 1998, natural pigments on canvas.
Queenie McKenzie, Jack Kelly’s Rockhole, 1998, natural pigments on canvas.
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Awely, 1992, acrylic on canvas.
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Awely, 1992, acrylic on canvas.
Nganampa Ngura, Our Country, 2013, acrylic on canvas. Collaborative painting by 13 artists: Wawiriya Burton, Ruby Williamson, Barbara Moore, Mary Katatjuka Pan, Nyurpaya Kaika Burton, Naomi Kantjuriny, Iluwanti Ken, Mona Mitakiki Shepard, Tjungkara Ken, Sylvia Ken, Katanari Tjilya, Maringka Tunkin and Paniny Mick.
Nganampa Ngura, Our Country, 2013, acrylic on canvas. Collaborative painting by 13 artists: WawiriyaBurton, Ruby Williamson, Barbara Moore, Mary Katatjuka Pan, Nyurpaya Kaika Burton, NaomiKantjuriny, Iluwanti Ken, Mona Mitakiki Shepard, Tjungkara Ken, Sylvia Ken, Katanari Tjilya, MaringkaTunkin and Paniny Mick.
Dub Leffler, Cover of 'Sorry Day,' 2018, watercolor and pencil on paper.
Dub Leffler, Cover of 'Sorry Day,' 2018, watercolor and pencil on paper.
Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Yellow Rushes Fish Basket #2, 2017, hot blown and coldworked glass with canes.
Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Yellow Rushes Fish Basket #2, 2017, hot blown and coldworked glass withcanes.
art piece from Klue-Ruhe Museum
John Mawurndjul AM, Drought at Dilebang, 1997, natural pigments on bark.
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400 Worrell Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911

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