– Highlights

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection

29 Mar - 31 Jul

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Exhibition

Telling Tales

02 Jun - 09 Oct

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Exhibition

New Romance

30 Jun - 04 Sep

– Learning Events

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Special Event

ARTBAR July 2016

29 Jul, 7.00pm, MCA

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Workshop

Art Safari

09 Aug, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Conference

THE FOREVER NOW

01 Sep, 6.00pm, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

What we've been reading: June

In the spirit of our current exhibition, Telling Tales, MCA Staffers share what they’ve been reading over the past month. more

Where do artists get their ideas from?

Artist Educators Stephanie & Athena are interviewed by kids about their art practice more

Meeting Jumaadi: MCA Kids Committee

Siobhan learns from artist Jumaadi about his shadow puppet performance The Life and Death of a Shadow more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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Volume One: MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Exhibition

Tatsuo Miyajima

– When

3 November 2016-5 March 2017

Mon-Wed10-5pm
Thur10-9pm
Fri-Sun10-5pm

2016-2017 Sydney International Art Series: Tatsuo Miyajima

The MCA is thrilled to announce a major exhibition of the works of renowned Japanese contemporary artist Tatsuo Miyajima, as part of the 2016-2017 Sydney International Art Series.

Tatsuo Miyajima is known for his immersive, technology-driven sculptures and installations. This will be his first major solo exhibition in Australia, encompassing key sculptures and installations from the beginnings of his career to the present, as well as video and performance works which have expanded his object-based practice over time. The exhibition will be curated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent, who worked closely with Miyajima on her international exhibition Marking Time, which inaugurated the newly re-developed MCA’s opening season in 2012.

Central to Miyajima’s practice are numerical counters that count from 1 to 9 using light emitting diodes (LEDs). Presented en masse, in vast groupings with contrasting speeds and colours, Miyajima’s counters symbolise both the multitude of humanity as well as the individual, with their varied tempos and flashing colours. They also reflect time’s central importance in our lives and draw inspiration from Buddhist philosophy, with its exploration of mortality and human cycles of life, death and renewal.

Miyajima has held solo exhibitions in Japan, the United States and Europe over the past two decades, including San Francisco MoMA (1997), the Hayward Gallery, London (1997), MACRO Rome (2004), MITO Museum Japan (2008) and the Ullens Centre, Beijing (2011). He represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 1995 with the vast installation Mega-Death – which will form a highlight of his Sydney survey – a room-scale installation of brilliant, blinking blue LEDs, each representative of human life or energy. A silent, twinkling memorial to the Holocaust, the lights are programed to switch off at intervals, plunging viewers into complete darkness momentarily, before lighting up and counting once more.

Every summer, the Sydney International Art Series brings the world’s most outstanding exhibitions exclusively to Sydney, Australia. Created by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, the Sydney International Art Series is a signature event on the NSW Events Calendar.

Ticketed exhibition
3 November 2016 to 5 March 2017

Ticketed exhibition

3 November 2016 to 5 March 2017
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