Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori
The story defies plausibility. Sally Gabori, or Mirdidingkingahi Juwarnda (her real name), discovered a passion for painting at the age of 80, with no artistic references or models.
Her powerful canvases were quickly noticed in Australia and now have made the journey to Paris and the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain where they can be admired until 6 November 2022.
Sally Gabori, a life, a work
A member of the Kaiadilt Aboriginal community in northern Australia, Sally Gabori lived a traditional life on Bentinck Island until the age of 24. Bentinck was inhabited by the Kaiadilts, the last coastal Aboriginal people to come into contact with Western society, before she was relocated to nearby Mornington Island in 1948.
In 2005, she picked up a paintbrush for the first time, marking the beginning of a dazzling artistic career. She did not stop painting until her death in 2015. She left behind a body of work of more than 2000 paintings, which fascinate us today with their spontaneity and absolute originality.
Between combinations and blocks of shimmering colours, nearly random shapes and variations in format, Sally Gabori drew on her roots and her memories to populate her paintings. She produced very personal work and tells us in her own way the history of her people and her country, her culture, her beliefs, and her energy.
In this exhibition, the Cartier Foundation presents around 30 paintings by Sally Gabori, including the spectacular large-scale works that punctuated her artistic output, as well as three collaborative works created with other Kaiadilt artists, notably her daughters. The exhibition is made possible by exceptional loans from major Australian museums, including the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and HOTA, Home of the Arts, as well as from the musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris and from private collectors.
A gloriously colourful and symbolic exhibition!
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From 03/07 to 06/11/2022 between 11 am and 8 pm. Closed on Monday. Late opening on Tuesdays, until 10pm. Closing time is 7.45pm (9.45pm on Tuesdays).
- Full price: 11 €, Reduced price: 7.50 €.
Free entry for children < 13 years.