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Journey Round the World, three men on a flying carpet with a piano. November 1941
Gouache on paper, pasted to backing sheet of card with newspaper sheet on verso
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Height: 620 millimetres
Width: 484 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Stephen Coppel, 'Out of Australia: Prints and Drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas', with a contribution by Wally Caruana on Aboriginal prints, BMP, 2011, no.25.
This was produced as a poster for a musical revue, 'Journey Round the World', staged by the 'Dunera' internees in November 1941 during their incarceration as 'enemy aliens' at Tatura, an isolated internment camp in rural Victoria. Friedeberger was nineteen when he made this poster in gouache. He was brought by train to Tatura in July 1941 after periods in the camps at Hay and Orange in New South Wales. 'Journey Round the World' was a camp send-up of the British government's decision to round up German and Austrian Jewish refugees in England and transport many of them to Australia by ship under prison conditions.
Friedeberger's poster ironically refers to the 'Dunera' experience as three men aboard a flying carpet of corrugated iron are carried by the winds of fate to the accompaniment of a honky-tonk piano. One internee studies a map, tracing their journey round the world from Europe to Australia, a second peers through a telescope for a first glimpse of the new land, while a third sits at the back looking at the world left behind. From the mast of a ring-barked tree flutters a pair of pink ballet shoes. For Friedeberger the sight of the dead ring-barked trees in the landscape in which he found himself appeared to be a surrealist vision. Pasted on the back of the poster is a page from the Melbourne newspaper, 'The Argus', dated Saturday 4 October 1941, a scrap picked up in the camp and recycled as a support for the artwork.
See Exh. and Lit.: Klaus Friedeberger: Works 1940-1970, London: England & Co., 7 Sept.-4 Oct.2007, reprod. p. 10.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 May-Sept, BM, 'Out of Australia', cat. no.25.
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