Conceived and curated by Fondation Cartier and opened in Paris in 2022, the outstanding success of the exhibition is due to the striking discovery of a powerful painting as well as to a strong story of an artist whose work is deeply rooted in the traditions of her people. This is the fifth exhibition presented under the eight-year partnership between the two institutions, confirming the interest of Fondation Cartier and Triennale Milano toward artists and geographies very rarely presented in western museums and exhibitions.
Considered as one of the greatest contemporary Australian artists of the past two decades, Sally Gabori began painting in 2005, around the age of eighty, and rapidly achieved national and international renown as an artist. In just a few years of a rare creative intensity, and prior to her death in 2015, she developed a unique, vibrantly colorful body of work with no apparent ties to other aesthetic currents particularly within contemporary Aboriginal painting.
Bringing together some thirty monumental paintings, this exhibition is organized in close collaboration with the artist’s family and the Kaiadilt community, alongside the foremost specialists in Kaiadilt art and culture. They will be present in Milan for its opening to pay tribute to this artist, whose work continues to fascinate for its spontaneous, luminous, and profoundly original character.
The participation of most important Museums in Australia and Europe, as well as numbers of generous private collectors made this exhibition possible.