Mike Parr


Mike Parr, born in 1945 in Sydney, largely grew up in Queensland and for some decades has been a Sydney-based artist with a broad-ranging practice, working most notably in performance, printmaking and drawing. His work, often highly political, has been exhibited prolifically around Australia and the rest of the world including in major group exhibitions such as Into Me/Out of Me, PS1, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2006; Revolutions – Forms That Turn, 16th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, 2008; 3rd Moscow Biennale, Moscow, 2009; Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon, 4th Auckland Triennial, Auckland, 2010; and Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013.

His work has been subject of many solo exhibitions, including major survey exhibitions such as Volte Face: Mike Parr Prints & Preprints 1970-2005, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2006; Mike Parr Edelwiess, Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna, 2012; and Brain Coral, National Art School Gallery, Sydney, 2012. Parr’s work is held in the collection of numerous public institutions and universities throughout Australia, most notably Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Library of Australia, Canberra; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney.

Works by Mike Parr

Related Exhibitions


Gifts to the MCA Collection

– Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) 2007

Volte Face: Mike Parr Prints & Pre-Prints 1970-2005

– Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) 2006

MCA Unpacked II

– Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) 2003

MCA Unpacked

– Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) 2001

Spirit + Place: Art in Australia 1861-1996

– Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) 1996

Power Works: From the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

– Dunedin Public Art Gallery 1995

Power Works: From the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

– Waikato Museum of Art & History 1994

Power Works: From the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

– Govett-Brewster Art Gallery 1994

25 Years of Performance Art in Australia

– Ivan Dougherty Gallery 1994

Power Works: From the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

– Museum of New Zealand / Te Papa Tongarewa 1994

In the library