The Masterpieces for the Nation Fund is an opportunity for generous donors at all levels to assist with the acquisition of a significant work of art for the national art collection.
Since it was initiated in 2003, the Masterpieces for the Nation Fund has assisted the National Gallery ofAustralia to acquire ten master works by important Australian and international artists from different periods. These works include Tom Roberts’s magnificent Shearing shed, Newstead 1893–94, Sydney Long’s lyrical Flamingoes c1905–06, William Robinson’s evocative Creation landscape—fountains of the earth 2002, Robert Dowling’s impressive painting Miss Robertson of Colac (Dolly) 1885–86 and, most recently, Nora Heysen’s striking Self-portrait 1932.
This year's Masterpieces for the Nation Fund is dedicated to the acquisition of an impressive bark painting by prominent Kuninjku artist Yirawala, who is widely recognised as the master of Arnhem Land bark painting and the father of much recent bark painting. The painting, Kundaagi—red plains kangaroo 1962 shows the crucial moment when an evil mimih spirit captures Kundaagi, before ceremoniously killing and eating him. The story told by this powerful painting is related to the traditional burial ceremonies of the Kuninjku people of western Arnhem land.
It must be considered one of his most remarkable works and, with your generous assistance, it will have a permanent position on the walls of our Indigenous galleries.
All contributions to this program over $2 are fully tax deductible.