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Past Exhibitions
–  2001 - 2015

The MCA has been exhibiting the work of Australian and international artists since 1991. Below you can find more information about the exhibitions we have held. We are adding information about exhibitions from throughout the MCA's history over time. Information on past MCA Touring exhibitions can be found here.

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2015

ENERGIES: Haines & Hinterding

26 June  -  6 September 2015

Light show

16 April  -  5 July 2015

MCA Collection: Luminous

9 March  -  8 June 2015

2014

Taking it all away: MCA Collection

18 December 2014  -  22 February 2015

Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration

20 November 2014  -  8 March 2015

Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists

24 September  -  30 November 2014

Martu Art from the Far Western Desert

24 September  -  30 November 2014

Annette Messager: motion / emotion

24 July  -  19 October 2014

Tabaimo: MEKURUMEKU

3 July  -  7 September 2014

Sonic Social

12 June  -  29 June 2014

19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire

21 March  -  9 June 2014

2013

War Is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono

15 November 2013  -  23 February 2014

Primavera 2013: Young Australian Artists

12 September  -  17 November 2013

Embedded: Craig Walsh

12 September  -  24 November 2013

string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian art

15 August  -  27 October 2013

Wangechi Mutu

23 May  -  11 August 2013

Jeff Wall Photographs

1 May  -  28 July 2013

Workout: 7 days of experimental performance

22 April  -  28 April 2013

South of no North: Laurence Aberhart, William Eggleston and Noel McKenna

8 March  -  5 May 2013

2012

Anish Kapoor

20 December 2012  -  1 April 2013

TABOO

19 December 2012  -  24 February 2013

Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro

4 October  -  2 December 2012

Primavera 2012: Young Australian Artists

4 October  -  2 December 2012

Ken Whisson: As If

28 September  -  25 November 2012

18th Biennale of Sydney: All Our Relations

27 June  -  16 September 2012

Local Positioning Systems

29 March  -  3 June 2012

Christian Marclay: The Clock

29 March  -  3 June 2012

Marking Time

29 March  -  3 June 2012

2011

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Recorders

16 December 2011  -  12 February 2012

Primavera 2011: Young Australian Artists

8 September  -  13 November 2011

People of the First Sunrise: Indigenous Art from Eastern Australia

24 June  -  7 October 2011

Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Contemporary Art 1976 – 2011

16 June  -  21 August 2011

Michael Stevenson

6 April  -  19 June 2011

2010

Bardayal Lofty Nadjamerrek AO

10 December 2010  -  20 March 2011

MCA Collection: New Acquisitions in Context 2010

10 December 2010  -  19 June 2011

Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005

19 November 2010  -  26 April 2011

In the Balance: Art for a Changing World

21 August  -  31 October 2010

Runa Islam

20 August  -  21 November 2010

Primavera 2010: Young Australian Artists

19 August  -  21 November 2010

17th Biennale of Sydney: The Beauty of Distance - Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age

12 May  -  1 August 2010

Sylvie Blocher: What is Missing?

17 February  -  26 April 2010

We Call Them Pirates Out Here: Selected works from the MCA Collection

17 February  -  21 November 2010

2009

Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson

10 December 2009  -  11 April 2010

Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO

8 December 2009  -  18 April 2010

Fiona Foley: Forbidden

12 November 2009  -  31 January 2010

Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art

10 September  -  11 November 2009

Primavera 2009: Young Australian Artists

9 September  -  22 November 2009

MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2009

28 July 2009  -  31 January 2010

Louisa Bufardeci & Zon Ito

28 July  -  25 October 2009

Ricky Maynard: Portrait of a Distant Land

4 June  -  23 August 2009

avoiding myth & message: Australian artists and the literary world

7 April  -  12 July 2009

I Walk the Line: New Australian Drawing

17 March  -  24 May 2009

Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years

24 February  -  8 June 2009

2008

MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2008

12 December 2008  -  1 March 2009

Simryn Gill: Gathering

20 November 2008  -  22 March 2009

To make a work of timeless art: MCA Primavera Acquisitions

12 November 2008  -  22 March 2009

Yinka Shonibare MBE

24 September 2008  -  1 February 2009

Primavera 2008: Young Australian Artists

19 September  -  30 November 2008

Heads Up: A C3West Project by Craig Walsh

4 September  -  19 October 2008

Video Logic

19 August  -  2 November 2008

16th Biennale of Sydney: Revolutions - Forms That Turn

18 June  -  7 September 2008

Southern Exposure: Works from the Collection of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art

21 March  -  1 June 2008

Fiona Hall: Force Field

6 March  -  1 June 2008

They are Meditating: Bark Paintings from the MCA’s Arnott’s Collection

14 February  -  3 August 2008

2007

Callum Innes: From Memory

11 December 2007  -  5 March 2008

Tim Hawkinson: Mapping the Marvellous

11 December 2007  -  5 March 2008

Shahzia Sikander

27 November 2007  -  17 February 2008

Cross Currents: Focus on contemporary Australian art

18 September  -  26 November 2007

MCA Collection: Selected by Julie Rrap

30 August 2007  -  28 January 2008

Julie Rrap: Body Double

30 August 2007  -  28 January 2008

Primavera 2007: Young Australian Artists

24 August  -  4 November 2007

The Hours: Visual Arts of Contemporary Latin America

21 June  -  2 September 2007

Matthew Ngui: Points of View

4 June  -  12 August 2007

MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2007

27 April  -  12 August 2007

Gifts to the MCA Collection

5 April  -  12 August 2007

Stephen Birch: looking out my back door

16 March  -  20 May 2007

Craigie Horsfield: Relation

16 March  -  3 June 2007

2006

Centre Pompidou Video Art: 1965-2005

14 December 2006  -  25 February 2007

Paddy Bedford

6 December 2006  -  15 April 2007

Multiplicity: Prints and Multiples from the Collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Wollongong

12 October 2006  -  25 March 2007

James Angus

13 September  -  26 November 2006

Primavera 2006: Young Australian Artists

13 September  -  19 November 2006

Juan Davila

9 September  -  12 November 2006

MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006

29 June  -  3 September 2006

15th Biennale of Sydney: Zones of Contact

8 June  -  27 August 2006

Bangu Yilbara: Works from the MCA Collection

11 May  -  1 October 2006

Masquerade: Representation and the self in contemporary art

23 March  -  21 May 2006

Sam Taylor-Wood

23 March  -  18 June 2006

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

2 March  -  21 May 2006

2005

KIENHOLZ

16 December 2005  -  26 February 2006

1967: Selected works from the MCA Collection

28 November 2005  -  23 April 2006

Jacky Redgate: Life of the System 1980-2004

28 November 2005  -  5 March 2006

Erwin Wurm: Glue Your Brain

28 November 2005  -  12 February 2006

Interesting Times: Focus on contemporary Australian art

22 September  -  27 November 2005

Primavera 2005: Young Australian Artists

7 September  -  13 November 2005

MCA Collection: New Acquisitions in Context 2005

19 August  -  6 November 2005

Kutlug Ataman: Perfect Strangers

22 June  -  4 September 2005

Situation: Collaborations, collectives & artist networks from Sydney, Singapore & Berlin

6 June  -  21 August 2005

Mona Hatoum: Over My Dead Body

23 March  -  29 May 2005

the unquiet landscapes of Rosemary Laing

23 March  -  5 June 2005

2004

Bridget Riley: Paintings and Preparatory Work 1961-2004

14 December 2004  -  6 March 2005

Destiny Deacon: Walk & don't look blak

26 November 2004  -  30 January 2005

Lee Bul

26 November 2004  -  27 February 2005

William Kentridge

2 September  -  28 November 2004

Primavera 2004: Young Australian Artists

2 September  -  7 November 2004

Jan Nelson & Liza May Post

27 August  -  14 November 2004

14th Biennale of Sydney: On Reason and Emotion

4 June  -  15 August 2004

Ed Ruscha

18 March  -  23 May 2004

Witness

12 March  -  16 May 2004

Ambitious? Who, me? Newish work by Rodney Glick

19 February  -  9 May 2004

2003

Take a Bowery: The Art and (larger than) Life of Leigh Bowery

19 December 2003  -  7 March 2004

Tracey Moffatt

17 December 2003  -  29 February 2004

Callum Morton: More Talk about Buildings and Mood

29 October 2003  -  26 January 2004

Primavera 2003: Young Australian Artists

17 September  -  30 November 2003

Howard Taylor: Phenomena

17 September  -  30 November 2003

MCA Unpacked II

5 September  -  30 November 2003

Susan Norrie: notes from the underground

22 July  -  12 October 2003

Ugo Rondinone: OUR MAGIC HOUR

25 June  -  31 August 2003

Wim Wenders: Pictures from the Surface of the Earth

25 June  -  31 August 2003

The Stage of Drawing: Gesture and Act

25 June  -  24 August 2003

Zoomorphia: Maria Fernanda Cardoso

9 April  -  6 July 2003

Liquid Sea

14 March  -  8 June 2003

Maningrida Threads: Aboriginal Art from the MCA Collection

6 March  -  1 June 2003

2002

Dancing up country: the art of Dorothy Napangardi

11 December 2002  -  9 March 2003

MERIDIAN: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art

28 November 2002  -  23 February 2003

Primavera 2002: Young Australian Artists

16 October  -  8 December 2002

Mathew Jones & Simon Starling

11 October  -  1 December 2002

Arte Povera: Art From Italy 1967-2002

23 August  -  10 November 2002

Call of the Wild: Patricia Piccinini

15 August  -  29 September 2002

Reporting the World: John Pilger's Great Eyewitness Photographers

8 August  -  6 October 2002

13th Biennale of Sydney: (The World May Be) Fantastic

15 May  -  28 July 2002

Material World: From Lichtenstein to Viola, 25 Years of The Fabric Workshop and Museum

28 February  -  28 April 2002

Tracing the Shadow: Hossein Valamanesh

15 February  -  28 April 2002

2001

Lyndal Jones: Up to and including...Deep Water/Aqua Profunda

5 December 2001  -  28 January 2002

Peter Robertson: Sharpies

28 November 2001  -  3 March 2002

Other Pictures: Anonymous Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection

28 November 2001  -  3 March 2002

NEO-TOKYO: Japanese art now

10 November 2001  -  10 February 2002

Primavera 2001: Young Australian Artists

1 September  -  12 November 2001

Ricky Swallow & Erick Swenson

1 August  -  4 November 2001

Robert Macpherson

13 July  -  21 October 2001

Komar & Melamid: When Elephants Paint

22 June  -  19 August 2001

Genius of Place: The work of Kathleen Petyarre

9 May  -  22 July 2001

Art/Music: rock, pop, techno

21 March  -  24 June 2001

MCA Unpacked

14 March  -  11 June 2001

The Film Art of Isaac Julien

15 February  -  22 April 2001

2000

Mikala Dwyer

7 December 2000  -  28 January 2001

FULL MOON: Apollo Mission Photographs of the Lunar Landscape

23 November 2000  -  4 March 2001

Veronica's Revenge: Contemporary Perspectives on Photography

16 November 2000  -  4 March 2001

Primavera 2000: Young Australian Artists

2 September  -  19 November 2000

Sporting Life

16 August  -  5 November 2000

Urban Dingo: The Art of Lin Onus 1948-1996

11 August  -  29 October 2000

12th Biennale of Sydney

26 May  -  30 July 2000

Yolngu Science: Objects and representations from Ramingining, Arnhem Land

2 March  -  15 May 2000

Dale Frank: Ecstasy, Twenty Years of Painting

4 February  -  15 May 2000

1999

Seppelt Contemporary Art Awards 1999

10 November 1999  -  21 February 2000

Primavera 1999:Young Australian Artists

10 September  -  29 November 1999

word

10 September  -  29 November 1999

Australian Perspecta 1999: Living Here Now - Art / Politics

20 August  -  8 November 1999

Guan Wei: Nesting, or the Art of Idleness

4 June  -  9 August 1999

Cindy Sherman: Retrospective

4 June  -  30 August 1999

MCA Aboriginal Art: Fine Lines: works of ornamentation and design by Maningrida Artists

16 March  -  25 October 1999

Approaching Decoration: Works from the MCA Collection

9 March  -  25 October 1999

1998

The Warhol Look: Glamour Style Fashion

20 December 1998  -  5 April 1999

Seppelt Contemporary Art Awards 1998

27 November 1998  -  28 February 1999

The Super 80s

18 November  -  3 December 1998

Primavera 1998: Young Australian Artists

1 September  -  15 December 1998

Sol LeWitt Wall Pieces: John Kaldor Art Project

30 July  -  29 November 1998

Personal Effects / The Collective Unconscious

11 July  -  6 September 1998

The Laverty Collection

20 June  -  23 August 1998

Marina Abramović: objects, performance, video, sound

10 April  -  5 July 1998

Eat!

10 April  -  28 June 1998

In search of style: Works from the MCA Collection

13 March  -  7 June 1998

1997

Yves Klein

11 December 1997  -  29 March 1998

Seppelt Contemporary Art Awards 1997

7 November 1997  -  18 February 1998

Tiwi Prints: A Commemorative exhibition 1969-1997

16 September  -  26 October 1997

Native Title: Yirrkala Bark Paintings

16 September  -  26 October 1997

Primavera 1997: Young Australian Artists

2 September  -  26 October 1997

Pictura Britannica: Art from Britain

22 August  -  30 November 1997

Australian Perspecta 1997: Between Art and Nature

1 August  -  7 September 1997

Contemporary Art Archive 6: Geoff Lowe - A Constructed World

2 July  -  24 August 1997

MCA Collection: International Multiples

2 July  -  24 August 1997

MCA Collection: Plastic Fantastic

24 May  -  8 August 1997

Objects & Ideas: Revisiting Minimalism

11 April  -  22 June 1997

Artists Think: The Late Works of Ian Burn

11 April  -  22 June 1997

The Andreas Avery Collection

12 March  -  8 August 1997

John Power: Music and Dancing

12 March  -  8 August 1997

Eye of the Storm

12 March  -  16 May 1997

1996

Keith Haring

11 December 1996  -  31 March 1997

Spirit + Place: Art in Australia 1861-1996

22 November 1996  -  3 March 1997

Real Fictions

2 September  -  1 December 1996

Primavera 1996: Young Australian Artists

2 September  -  1 December 1996

Photography is Dead! Long Live Photography!

23 July  -  10 November 1996

The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Arnhem Land

24 April  -  21 August 1996

Phantasmagoria: Pre-Cinema to Virtuality

27 March  -  30 June 1996

Burning the Interface <International Artists' CD-ROM>

27 March  -  14 July 1996

1995

Louise Bourgeois

21 December 1995  -  14 April 1996

From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor Art Projects and Collection

12 December 1995  -  17 March 1996

Diaspora in Context: Connections in a Fragmented World

2 September  -  3 December 1995

Primavera 1995: Young Australian Artists

2 September  -  26 November 1995

The MCA Collection: The Loti and Victor Smorgon Gift of Contemporary Australian Art

20 June  -  3 December 1995

Sound in Space: Adventures in Australian Sound Art

26 May  -  22 August 1995

Art Taiwan

16 March  -  11 June 1995

Mapplethorpe

23 February  -  14 May 1995

1994

Sydney Photographed

21 December 1994  -  13 February 1995

Kaboom! Explosive animation from America and Japan

12 November 1994  -  5 March 1995

New Worlds: Localities of Desire

21 October  -  14 December 1994

Primavera 1994: Young Australian Artists

1 September  -  28 October 1994

Anna Oppermann Paradoxical Intentions

27 July  -  28 October 1994

Tyerabarrbowaryaou II: I shall never become a white man

26 July  -  7 October 1994

Jenny Watson: Paintings with Veils and False Tails

22 June  -  21 August 1994

MCA Aboriginal Art: The Maningrida Collection

14 June  -  7 October 1994

After the Spring: Contemporary Czech and Slovak Art

20 April  -  16 July 1994

Rosemarie Trockel

30 March  -  5 June 1994

The Museum Collection: 1994 Selection

16 March  -  7 August 1994

1993

MCA Aboriginal Art: The Arnott’s Collection

26 December 1993  -  17 June 1994

Light and Movement: The MCA Collection

10 November 1993  -  22 March 1994

UTOPIA: A Picture Story

6 September  -  7 November 1993

Primavera 1993: Young Australian Artists

2 September  -  19 December 1993

Art of This World: The MCA Collection

6 April  -  31 October 1993

Contemporary Art Archive 4: The Horse Who Sings - Radical Art from Croatia

17 March  -  28 May 1993

La Cita Transcultural: Art from Latin America

10 March  -  13 June 1993

Wit's End

17 February  -  23 May 1993

1992

Pages: The Museum Collection

18 December 1992  -  11 February 1993

Maria Kozic: The Birth of Blue Boy

29 October  -  22 November 1992

Humpty Dumpty's Kaleidoscope: a new generation of German artists

9 October 1992  -  28 March 1993

Zones of Love: Contemporary Art from Japan

15 July  -  24 September 1992

Contemporary Art Archive 3: MK Art

16 June  -  16 August 1992

Tyerabarrbowaryaou (I shall never become a white man)

19 February  -  17 April 1992

Contemporary Art Archive 2: Lyndal Jones - The Prediction Pieces

5 February  -  22 March 1992

Caravan

15 January  -  15 March 1992