U.S. Museums Get Trove of Aboriginal Art From Scholl Collection

Three U.S. museums are getting an infusion of contemporary aboriginal Australian art in a gift from Miami-based collectors Debra and Dennis Scholl.

Warda, Girndi by Jananggoo Butcher Cherel

Source: Nevada Museum of Art

The couple is donating 200 pieces to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frost Art Museum and the Nevada Museum of Art, which agreed to share the works, according to a statement the institutions issued Friday. The Nevada Museum, in Reno, and the Frost, which is part of Florida International University, Dennis Scholl’s alma mater, are both getting about 90 works.

The Met in New York will receive 19 works, mostly by female artists. The Scholls own more than 400 works by contemporary aboriginal Australian artists, making it the largest private collection in the U.S.

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