Through the generosity of donors, MAGNT has acquired an outstanding painting Tjitjiti by leading Aboriginal artist Carlene West.


The work is an excellent example of the internationally renowned artist’s experimental approach, which has challenged the expectations of the regional ‘Spinifex’ style, and is testament to her ingenuity and talent. Tjitjiti’s bold, contemporary design marks a new direction for the MAGNT Aboriginal collection and significantly enhances the holdings of Aboriginal desert paintings.

In 2006 internationally acclaimed Chinese/Australian artist Guan Wei travelled to the Northern Territory to participate in an artist camp at Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land where he worked alongside Kunwinjku artists from Injalak Arts and Crafts. The painting A Mysterious Land No.9 evocatively captures the artist’s first encounter with the outback and his view of similarities between Aboriginal culture and the Taoist philosophy of ancient China.
MAGNT has acquired this important work, building upon the vision of founding director Colin Jack-Hinton who aspired to develop a nationally significant collection for the people of the Northern Territory.


The painting To fall the way that flowers do – to die an honourable death by Darwin artist Franck Gohier is a poetic response to the bombing of Darwin in 1942. The work combines miniature replica Japanese Zero planes enclosed in recessed portals juxtaposed with painted Chrysanthemum flowers to represent the Japanese Emperor and Imperial House of Japan. This is a major work by Franck Gohier and is an insightful and considered reflection upon the tragedy of war. MAGNT is presenting a major retrospective of the artist’s work in early 2018 and this work will be featured.


Purchased with funds donated by Ian Kew and Jill Kew, David Anderson and Kaylene Conrick, Belle Property Darwin, Fannie Bay Investments and other supporters 2017.


Ryko (born Edward Friedrich Reichenbach) rode a bicycle from Adelaide to Darwin in June 1914. He was a keen photographer and documented his riding feat in pictures. Once in Darwin he set up a photography business. He documented life in the north in a way that no one else did at the time. Large collections of his images are extremely rare as his negatives were stolen and never recovered. The purchase of this album has greatly enhanced MAGNT’s holdings of Ryko images.


Purchased with funds donated by Allan Myers AC QC and  Maria Myers AC, Neil Lancelby and Denise Salvestro, Sue Carthew 2017.


The impressive work Baratjula is stunningly executed in earth pigments on Stringybark. Nonggirrnga Marawili is a significant Yolngu elder at the peak of her artistic career. Large scale bark pieces by this artist are in significant demand from institutions and collectors internationally and prior to this acquisition, Marawili was not represented in the MAGNT collection. This artist has strong relevance to the MAGNT collection given her status and her residence in north east Arnhem Land.


Purchased with funds donated by Lori Sitzler & family 2017.


Bullock Creek is a significant, rich fossil site on Camfield Station, at the north end of the Tanami Desert. The deposit contains a host of very important extinct animals that date to the mid Miocene Epoch (13 million years old).  These include Australia’s only known gavial (a needle-snouted crocodilian) and the oldest known cassowary. The project is to host a week long field trip to the site to quarry approximately two tonnes of limestone and transport it back to Alice Springs. There it will form the basis of term-long extra-curricular science projects for the year 9 students of Centralian Middle School. The students will be responsible for preparing their own limestone block that will slowly reveal hidden fossils, instilling in them a sense of discovery and achievement while teaching concepts of geological time, organic evolution, environmental change and basic laboratory skills.


Made possible with funds donated by Janie Mason and Sue Carthew 2017


Barking Spider Visual Theatre will produce Megafauna: In the shadow of great beasts, for MAGNT a shadow puppetry performance with accompanying sound design, incorporating Aboriginal stories and voices around extinct megafauna. Barking Spider Visual Theatre is an award winning independent arts company that works in communities and with the museum sector. This project will extend audience participation and create new ways for visitors to engage with MAGNT’s Alcoota Scientific Reserve. The project will coincide with the opening of the new fossil display in Alice Springs in mid-2018.


Made possible with funds donated by MAGNT supporters at the fundraising dinner, June 2017


Charles Blackman is considered one of Australia’s most significant artists and MAGNT has five of his works. Alice with rabbit and bird forms part of Blackman’s Alice in Wonderland series. The work cannot be displayed in its current fragile condition and deterioration of the paper support and paint layer will continue if treatment to stabilise the work is not undertaken. The work requires specialist treatment and equipment in order to halt further deterioration and provide repairs and support to the work via a lining. The benefits of conservation treatment of this work include: slowing its deterioration, strengthening its support and ensuring its long-term preservation.


Made possible with funds donated by Jeff Pinkerton OAM / Marilyn Pinkerton, 2017

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Carlene West
Carlene West
Tjitjiti 2015
Synthetic polymer paint on linen
Guan Wei
Guan Wei
A Mysterious Land No. 9
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Franck Gohier
Franck Gohier
To fall, the way the flowers do – to die an honourable death 2008 (detail)
triptych, synthetic polymer paint on pop-riveted aluminium, with acrylic sheet and die-cast models
Image: MAGNT © the artist
Noŋgirrŋa Marawili

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Lightning, enamel paint on aluminium composite board, 34th Telstra NATSIAA"
Ryko Photo Album
Miocene Safari
Alcoota Fossil Beds
Barking Spider
Barking Spider Visual Theatre
In the shadows of giants
Presented by the National Wool Museum. Photo: Oleksandr Pogorilyi
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