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The Salon des Refusés, is generally an exhibition of works rejected by the jury of official awards but the term is most famously used to refer to the Salon des Refusés of 1863.
As early as the 1830s, Paris art galleries had mounted small-scale, private exhibitions of works rejected by the Salon jurors.
The glamorous event of 1863 was actually sponsored by the French government.
In that year, artists protested the Salon jury’s rejection of more than 3,000 works, far more than usual. “Wishing to let the public judge the legitimacy of these complaints,” said an official notice, Emperor Napoléon III decreed that the rejected artists could exhibit their works in an annex to the regular Salon.

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    Wawiriya Burton
    Ngayuku Ngura
    Acrylic on linen, 198 x 197cm, 2015
    (Courtesy Tjala Arts)

  • Jenni-Kemarre-Martinello

    Jenni Kemarre Martinello
    Large Dark Eel Trap
    Hot blown glass with canes 2014
    27 x 27 x 105cm

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    2015 Opening
    Photo by Fiona Morrison

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    Men’s Collaborative: Ian Rictor and Lawrence Pennington
    Kapi Piti Tjuta
    Acrylic on canvas, 202 x 158cm, 2013
    (Courtesy Spinifex Arts Project)

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    2014 Salon Des Refusés
    Photo by Fiona Morrison

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    Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula
    Untitled
    Acrylic on linen, 107 x 91cm, 2013
    (Courtesy Papunya Tula Artists)

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    2013 Opening
    Photo by Mats Unden

Opening 3 AUG at 6pm and concludes 30 SEP

Charles Darwin University Art Gallery

For the fourth successive year Matt Ward of Outstation and Paul Johnstone Gallery present an exhibition drawing on the original French idea of exhibiting works rejected by the jury of official awards.

This is Salon des Refusés Territory style – a bold exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art submitted, but not selected for, the prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards (NATSIAA).

The Salon des Refuses—Territory style—provides many unique opportunities for all involved, in the same way that the inaugural Salon des Refuses did in Paris …

By having a SdR hang, people get the opportunity to consider the diverse quality of Indigenous artwork across two platforms.

FRANCHESCA CUBILLO ’Territory Style— Salon des Refuses’ Artlink, Volume 34 No.2, 2014, page 101

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