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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: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 10, 2012

I appreciate the efforts of the curators, but found the exhibit rather thin. Not many pieces on display, and much of the contemporary aboriginal art appears to have been made for the tourist trade.

2  Thank daysandusky
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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 weren't pleased with the number of pieces on display. Unfortunately we are restricted by the limited space in our current location.

It is true that most Aboriginal art you will encounter in Australia and elsewhere was made for sale to those outside their own communities. We acknowledge this fact as part of the history of Australian Aboriginal art and our collection represents the best work from these communities in various parts of their history.

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Reviewed June 10, 2012

Very different perspective on the planet. Place yourself in the mind of the artist if you can. Charlottesville lucky to have this perspective brought to them.

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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.

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