About the Reopening

On 29th March 2012, a bold, new and significantly expanded Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be unveiled. Following a AUD$53 million redevelopment, the Museum will be transformed into a major cultural centre for contemporary art and creative learning.

The MCA is Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art, dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists. The widely anticipated reopening of the Museum is a highlight on the international art calendar. This milestone will be celebrated with a week-long series of launch events culminating in a dynamic schedule of free artist talks and public programs throughout the opening weekend.

The new MCA opens with Marking Time, an international exhibition featuring major works by eleven Australian and international artists. The concept and representation of time — past, present and future — is reinterpreted and revealed across diverse media including drawing, watercolour, sculpture, installation, sound and light.

The MCA has also secured the Southern Hemisphere premiere of Christian Marclay’s groundbreaking 24-hour video work, The Clock, which will be shown in its entirety on the MCA’s opening day, Thursday 29 March 2012, and then played continuously during regular museum opening hours. Every subsequent Thursday there will be another special 24-hour presentation of this work.

For the first time, an entire floor is dedicated permanently to presenting work from the MCA Collection. Work by more than 170 Australian artists in Volume One: MCA Collection, reflects the breadth of Australian contemporary art over the past 20 years.

Local Positioning Systems, curated by Performance Space, brings performance and live art to the MCA under different guises and in several locations. The program comprises performances from six Australian artists and a UK collaborative.

A key feature of the new MCA’s program is a series of site-specific commissions by Australian artists in a variety of media including wall painting, sculpture and video.

Another addition to the Museum are the new rooftop venues. Created to take advantage of their location,the venues offer spectacular views across Sydney Harbour from the Opera House to the Harbour Bridge.

Education is a key element of the redevelopment. The National Centre for Creative Learning (NCCL) will facilitate the Museum’s commitment to innovation and consolidate its role as a leader in contemporary art education.

The MCA redevelopment responds to the growing audience for contemporary art in Australia.