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09 Mar - 08 Jun

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16 Apr - 05 Jul

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Energies: Haines and Hinterding

25 Jun - 06 Sep

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04 Jun, 2.00pm

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18 Jun, 11.00am, Creative Studios National Centre for Creative Learning

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Creative Connections #1

22 Jun, 9.00am, Creative Studios National Centre for Creative Learning

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Reflecting on the Blacktown Native Institution Artist Camps

'History is never static: it lives on through the people and communities that it has shaped, and it is shaped in turn by the telling of it.’ more

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Volume One: MCA Collection

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Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections

On tour until October 2015

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ARTIST INTERVIEW

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Volume One: MCA Collection
Installation view, MCA, 2012
Image courtesy © the artists

Volume One: MCA Collection
Installation view, MCA, 2012
Image courtesy © the artists

Vernon Ah Kee
fantasies of the good 2004
Installation view, Volume One: MCA Collection, MCA, 2012
Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the Coe and Mordant families, 2006
Image courtesy © the artist

Volume One: MCA Collection
Installation view, MCA, 2012
Image courtesy and © the artists

Volume One: MCA Collection
Installation view, MCA, 2012
Image courtesy and © the artists

Volume One: MCA Collection
Installation view, MCA, 2012
Image courtesy and © the artists

Esme Timbery
Shellworked slippers 2008
Installation view, Volume One: MCA Collection, MCA, 2012
Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the Coe and Mordant families, 2008
Image courtesy and © the artist

Robert Owen, Sunrise #3 2005,(wall painting), Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 2005; Nicholas Folland, The door was open… 2006, Museum of Contemporary Art, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Wendy Foard and Peter Bate, 2009, installation view, Volume One: MCA Collection, MCA, 2012, image courtesy and © the artists

Since the MCA’s founding in 1989, our collection has developed across all visual art forms with strong holdings in painting, photography, sculpture, the moving image and works on paper, as well as significant representation of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

From photography to bark paintings, this changing collection explores the history of contemporary art in Australia. In different ways the works show how artists study the past to reflect on shared histories and sites of conflict. Further works illustrate the wide range of approaches to abstraction, while some use everyday materials to suggest the poetic and the extraordinary. In the tradition of conceptual art, other work shows how words and language continue to be a source of creativity.

The museum has important holdings of Aboriginal art from Arnhem Land dating back to the 1950s, including the Arnott’s collection of bark paintings and a collection that is held in trust with the community of Maningrida. A number of significant collections were donated to the museum by Loti and Victor Smorgon (1995), Henry Ergas (2009), Ann Lewis (2009) and Cathy and Andrew Cameron (2012). Through the JW Power Bequest and with assistance from the New South Wales Government, the Museum continues to manage the Power Collection on behalf of the University of Sydney.

Following the reopening of the Museum in 2012, when a significant proportion of gallery space was dedicated to the presentation of the collection, the Museum embarked on a new MCA Collection Online initiative, supported by the Ian Potter Foundation. This growing resource includes in-depth analysis of artworks, images, exhibition histories and biographical details. MCA Collection Online is a work in progress; an evolving resource that will over time present many more of the Museum’s collecting highlights.

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