23 April - 6 June 2006
This exhibition of bark paintings and sculptures celebrates the art and life of David Malangi Daymirringu (1927-1999) and his important role in Australiia's cultural heritage.
Malangi was cultural manager of his family's vast inherited pictorial language, based on the stories and ceremonies associated with the mangroves, mud flats and fresh waterholes around the magnificent Glyde River in central Arnhem Land. As part of the exhibition, members of Malangi's family have created a sand sculpture in the Gallery that relates to a significant site (waterhole) in Malangi's country.
Malangi came to prominence in the 1960s, painting consistently over four decades within a private ceremonial context as well as for the public domain. Malangi is most familiar to Australians through the reproduction of one of his bark painting designs on the reverse of the one dollar note, released as part of Australia's new decimal currency in 1966.
To accompany No ordinary place, the National Gallery of Australia has published a fully-illustrated publication about the life and art of David Malangi, edited by Susan Jenkins, with contributions by Nigel Lendon, Djon Mundine, Margie West and members of the Malangi family.