Installation view of lorrkkon (log coffins) in the exhibition John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new (2018) at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photo: ArtsHub.
Bark painting is usually perceived as a traditional art form, one with origins over 65,000 years old. It is probably not what you expect to find visiting one of Australia’s most cutting edge contemporary art museums. But the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) has just unveiled a major survey of John Mawurndjul’s work that situates bark painting at the very heart of contemporary art practice.