– Highlights

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MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

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Exhibition

Telling Tales

02 Jun - 09 Oct

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Exhibition

Louise Hearman

29 Sep - 04 Dec

– News from inside the MCA

Interview with September film curator Adrian Martin

James Vaughan speaks to Australian arts critic and audiovisual artist Adrian Martin about the month of contemporary Portuguese cinema he has guest curated for the MCA more

Most Memorable: Young Ambassador art adventures

Founding and new members of our Young Ambassador program share their fondest event memories more

Collection Artist Spotlight: Kevin Gilbert

Artist, playwright, activist. Get to know MCA Collection artist Kevin Gilbert more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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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.

Artist Commissions

Loti Smorgon Sculpture Terrace

Caroline Rothwell, Composer, 2016

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) announces its third Sculpture Terrace Commission, Composer, by Sydney artist Caroline Rothwell. Poetic and whimsical, the large-scale sculpture reflects on the causes of global warming. The MCA will be raising funds for this major commission in the coming months and unveiling it by the end of the year as part of the Museum’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

The MCA Sculpture Commission is an ongoing program of artworks commissioned for the Museum’s Loti Smorgon Sculpture Terrace on Level 4. The Museum works with artists to realise new, temporary artworks that respond to this unique site overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Composer is a 6-metre high, kinetic sculpture that explores current issues around energy consumption, sustainable sources of energy and global warming. Rothwell’s artistic practice interrogates political ideas in poetic, subtle, even humorous ways, which can generate dialogue and open up new perspectives.

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PAST COMMISSIONS

Hany Armanious, Fountain, 2012

Sangeeta Sandrasegar, 2012

Circular Quay foyer wall

Stephen Bush, Corde du Roi, 2016

The MCA Foyer Wall Commission is an ongoing program of wall works commissioned for the Circular Quay foyer . The Museum works with artists to realise new, temporary artworks that respond to this unique dimensions, location and history of this site.

Stephen Bush is an artist with a keen interest in both the history and the potential of the medium of paint. Installed in the MCA’s Mordant Wing (built in 2012) and facing the Museum’s original building (completed in 1952), Bush’s Corde du Roi embodies the tension of this site

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PAST COMMISSIONS

Daniel Boyd, Untitled, 2014

Guan Wei, The Journey to Australia, 2013

Helen Eager, Tango, 2012

MCA Online Commission

Marian Tubbs, transmission detox, 2015

The first MCA Online Commission is by Sydney-based artist Marian Tubbs. This new commission series supports artists to create work on or for the internet and other digital technologies, building on the MCA’s commitment to supporting Australian artists creating work across a range of media.

transmission detox comprises a series of interlinking websites, combining video, interactive collage and live analytic data. This major new work explores the spatial possibilities of the internet and draws on the artist’s research into the global flow of currency, images and information.

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Jackson Bella Room

Kathy Temin, The Koala Room, 2016

This is the fifth in a series of commissioned artworks for the National Centre for Creative Learning to create a work responsive to students and young people with specific needs.

For The Koala Room, Temin has created a multi-sensory environment which invites visitors with different specific needs to engage with the work in their own way. Visitors are encouraged to explore the work through creating their own scenes with felt animals, trees and architectural icons, participating in costumed performance, and experiencing the plush installation.

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PAST COMMISSIONS

David Capra, Teena’s Bathtime, 2015

Brown Council, Performance Art, 2014

Hiromi Tango, Dance, 2013

Emily Floyd, The Garden, 2012

Loti Smorgon Sculpture Terrace

Sangeeta Sandrasegar, to be carried away by the current, to be dissolved in the Other, 2014

The MCA Sculpture Commission is an ongoing program of works commissioned for the Loti Smorgon Sculpture Terrace on Level 4. The Museum works with artists to realise new, temporary artworks that respond to this unique site overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Melbourne-based artist Sangeeta Sandrasegar’s larger-than-life, fibreglass sculpture faces out over the harbour to the ocean beyond. It is a mer-child, combining the body of a child with the head of an ancient fish, and created in response to our changing relationship to the sea.

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PAST COMMISSIONS

Hany Armanious, Fountain, 2012

Brook Andrew, Warrang, 2012

This artwork was commissioned as part of the MCA’s heritage interpretation program in relation to the historic docks located under the new building.

Brook Andrew’s vibrant response to the challenge of commemorating the historic docklands is a permanent feature of the building, visible from across Circular Quay and illuminated by night.

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Learn more about the history of the MCA site

Benjamin Forster, My first painting, 2014

Artist Benjamin Forster was commissioned to create a wall painting for the Level 3 foyer leading into the National Centre for Creative after completing an extended residency at the Museum in 2013. My first painting is informed by the artist’s relationship with the Museum and his reflections on the role of creative learning.

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Imants Tillers, Pure Beauty, 1991-97

Imants Tillers’ multi-panelled painting was the first artwork commissioned by the MCA. It hangs permanently in the original Circular Quay entrance, and acknowledges supporters who contributed to the conversion of the former Maritime Services Board building to the MCA in 1991.

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