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The LUME Melbourne adds nine never before seen works to Emily Kame Kngwarreye's ‘Connection’ showcase

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To celebrate the final month of The LUME's First Nations 'Connection' exhibition, the popular gallery space has added nine new works from First Nations artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye's poignant 'Final Series'.

The new works are in addition to the 53 individual works that comprise 'Emily's Wall' – an impressive representation of her view of the passing seasons in her world.

With The LUME's showcase of Kngwarreye's work now being known as the largest collection on public display outside of the NGA's current major retrospective in Canberra the Melbourne-based exhibition is a great opportunity for Victorians who can't make it to Canberra to see and celebrate Kngwarreye's new pieces of work.

(Image: Hank Ebes)

Despite passing away at the age of 86, in the final fortnight leading up to her passing Emily Kame Kngwarreye created a series of 24 canvases that defined the boundaries of her prior works.

Boasting expansive, gestural strokes, vibrant colour palettes, and energetic brush movements – in contrast to her own frailty in her final moments – the canvases stand as an extraordinary conclusion to a significantly artistic career for Kngwarreye.

A number of Kngwarreye's pieces from the 'My Country - Final Series', are featured within the 'Connection' showcase and experience, at THE LUME in Melbourne.

Another one of Kngwarreye's works which will also be displayed at THE LUME is Emily's Wall – an idea conceived and commissioned by art dealer and collector Hank Ebes in 1994.

While undertaking a trip to meet Kngwarreye on her Country, Ebes suggested to Kngwarreye that she paint a giant mural depicting a one-year period of her life.

An impressive representation of Kngwarreye's view of the passing seasons in her world, each 120cm x 90cm panel in Emily's Wall was painted during a single week over the course of one year.

THE LUME's display of Emily's Wall as part of the 'Connection' exhibit is also the collections first time being publicity displayed in Australia.

To further heighten the collections impact, a mirrored floor and ceiling have been constructed to provide an illusion of infinite depth developed by Grande Experiences - a global leader in the ideation, development, production, licensing, and installation of expansive exhibitions and immersive cultural experiences.

This mirrored illusion symbolises the enduring legacy of Kngwarreye – and the infinite nature of time itself.

Both the Final Series and Emily's Wall are on loan to The LUME Melbourne for the remaining duration of Connection, by art dealer and collector Hank Ebes.

Emily Kame Kngwarreye's 9 new works at The LUME Melbourne. (Image: The LUME Melbourne)

With a permanent home inside Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, built on the banks of the Birrarung (Yarra River), TheLUME Melbourne it is the world's largest permanent immersive digital art and cultural venue.

The LUME Melbourne's state-of-the-art design combines sights, sounds, tastes and the finest masterpieces into fully immersive sensory encounters. The LUME further champions art, culture, nature and science via meaningful storytelling – redefining the way visitors engage with art.

THE LUME's current Connection series has been so successful that is has been extended until 4th February 2024, with the new addition of First Nations expert tours.

Featuring over 550 artworks from more than 110 visual and musical artists, Connection is the largest experience of First Peoples' art ever assembled.

For more information on artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye and The LUME's First Nations tours visit

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