– Highlights

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

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Exhibition

Jenny Watson

05 Jul - 02 Oct

– Learning Events

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Special Event

ARTBAR July 2017

28 Jul, 7.00pm, MCA

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Workshop

Art Safari

08 Aug, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Workshop

Workshop

09 Aug, 6.30pm, Level 3: Digital Studio in NCCL

– News from inside the MCA

6 ways to warm up your winter at MCA

Got the winter blues? Melt them away at the MCA. more

Unmapping: Charting New Pathways to Creativity

Artist Educator Ella Condon created a site specific work for Unmapping – a student program run in collaboration with Sydney Story Factory and MCA. more

The Beats Behind Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy

Learn about the music and melodies that have inspired artist Jenny Watson through the decades. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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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.

Contemporary Art Archive

The Contemporary Art Archive (CAA), a unique and important part of the MCA’s Collection. The archive gives attention to experimental, ephemeral, performative and investigative art practices through the acquisition of lesser known aspects of artists’ activities. It includes material such as artists’ books, films, publications, broadsheets, notebooks, diaries, objects, photographs, experimental music (records/cassettes/texts), collages, scripts, letters, writings and drawings, as well as other works of art. It has been developed through purchases and thanks to the extraordinary generosity of a number of artists. Objects from the CAA are displayed in exhibitions and sometimes in CAA-specific displays in the galleries.

“The CAA exists as a unique and highly valuable resource for artists, curators, writers and viewers alike. No other institution in Australia has initiated or developed a collection that seeks to delineate and make accessible the complexity of contemporary artistic practice through the non-hierarchical acquisition of artists’ materials. The CAA’s early focus on a period of art that was grounded in the performative, ephemeral and post-object also means it is a invaluable resource that gives tangible form to the thinking, processes and realisation of this period; a period which continues to influence new generations of artists and thinkers.”

- Hannah Matthews, from the publication Volume One: MCA Collection, published 2012 by the Museum of Contemporary Art

All images courtesy and © the artists