DEKADE: 10 Years of Michael Reid Berlin

2022 represents a milestone for Michael Reid – for ten years we have championed the very best Australian artists from the world stage of contemporary art, Berlin.

Since our inaugural German showing, Murr-ma* uncovering Aboriginal & Australian contemporary art at Halle Am Wasser in 2012, to Dekade at the close of 2022, we have presented over 90 exhibitions to the German public. Using Berlin as a base, we have toured Indigenous Art and Contemporary Australian photography across Europe. We have celebrated our nation’s artists at exhibitions encompassing embassies, at Art Fair Booths in lofty palaces and at cultural festivals across the continent.

While this exhibition includes two artists whose work we first brought to Berlin in 2012 at Murr-ma, the inimitable Nici Cumpston OAM and Dr Christian Thompson AO, it is not a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Instead, we are presenting the best of contemporary First Nations art today. It celebrates the diversity of contemporary artistic expression that lives and breathes in Australia and looks to the next ten years of exhibitions, fairs and festivals.

Thank you to the artists that have entrusted us with their work along the way, to the collectors who have supported the gallery, and to the staff who have worked tirelessly to bring them together.

Here’s to the Dekade to come.

H.E. PHILIP GREEN OAM

Australian Ambassador to Germany

‘I very much welcome and thank Michael Reid Berlin for what it does here.
For promoting Australian art, for focusing in particular on Indigenous art and culture.

While you are a commercial institution, you are also one that wants to add to the fabric
of Australian engagement with Germany, and bring something very fine and special
to German eyes.


Your gallery distinguishes itself by the degree to which it is actively enriching
German life with a very particular part of Australian culture, and I thank you for that.’


Pictured:DR Christian Thompson AO, Rule of three, 2020, 

on display at the Residence of the Ambassador

IWANTJA ARTS

Indulkana, SA

JILAMARA ARTS & CRAFTS ASSOCIATION

Milikapiti, Tiwi Islands, NT

NICI CUMPSTON OAM

BUKU-LARRNGGAY MULKA

Yirrkala, Miwatj, NT

ARTISTS OF AMPILATWATJA

Ampilatwatja, Central Desert, NT

MANINGRIDA ARTS & CULTURE

Kunibídji Country, Arnhem Land, NT

ERNABELLA ARTS

Pukatja, NT

DR CHRISTIAN THOMPSON AO

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