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“Disappointing scope of collection”

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia
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Owner description: The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the largest collection of Indigenous Australian art outside Australia, and comprises over 1800 objects and paintings created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from different regions of Australia. Visiting the Kluge-Ruhe is a terrific opportunity to learn about a different culture, view a film of artists creating and discussing their art, and see the gorgeous views of Charlottesville from this museum on a hill. An exhibition of works from the permanent collection is changed annually, while special exhibitions in the rotating gallery change every four months. Special events include lectures and performances by visiting artists, scholars, and musicians, film screenings, and educational programs for all ages. A free guided tour of the current exhibitions is offered each Saturday at 10:30 am.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed June 1, 2012

The site is exquisite and young woman running gallery was enthusiastic. But collection was very limited and not worth the ride over from our downtown location.

1  Thank Queen36
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lauren m, Guest Relations Manager at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2013

I'm sorry you didn't feel the museum was worth the ride over from downtown Charlottesville. Thankfully we are only ten minutes away, so I hope it didn't interrupt your day too much.

Unfortunately we are constrained by the size of our space - with over 1700 objects in our collection, we would love to show more!

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

There are just a few galleries, but the aboriginal art is top quality. If it's a typical visit, you may be the only person in the galleries.

4  Thank ProfessorCharles
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

Modest but superb collection of aboriginal art. Very knowledgable staff. A rare treat in an unexpected location.

2  Thank JaneCutler
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

I went once with a friend and we very enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and impressive collection so much we returned for their monthly lunch tour.

The docent tour of about an hour carefully explained various aspects of the art and was followed by lunch around a large table. We had the option to pre-order a box lunch (veggie option available) or bring our own. A very pleasant experience.

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Reviewed February 17, 2012

This museum is small, easily accessible and fascinating. It is the only museum in the USA dedicated to Australian Aboriginal art. It is a must for any artist and also for anyone interested in Australia and Aboriginal culture. I like it because it's not too overwhelming and each painting has an explanation. I also appreciated the video the day I visited which was an interview of the artist whose work was on display. Also the staff are discreetly around if you have questions. Some posters, prints, paintings are for sale.

2  Thank Andiamo_38
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