– Highlights

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Exhibition

Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov

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Exhibition

Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

– Learning Events

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Talk

2017 Lloyd Rees Lecture

22 Nov, 6.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Workshop

Art Safari

24 Nov, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Event

Artbar November 2017

24 Nov, 7.00pm, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

The Importance of Laughter

We sat down with laughter connoisseur Shari Coventry from Sydney Laughter to discover the truth about laughter and why we need it ahead of this month’s Laughter Sessions. more

Coming up in 2018…

Next year is one of the most exciting and diverse seasons yet. Find out what’s on. more

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Antenna's Rich Welch

To pave the way for the soon-to-come cinema binge at Antenna Film Festival,Co-Director Rich Welch shared a few of his life changing films. 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.

Blog – One million MCA visitors

Posted on March 4, 2013 in News.
One million visitors

On Friday 1 March 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) reached a record-breaking 1,000,000 visitors eleven months after reopening.

1,000,000 represents the Museum’s highest ever attendance figure in its 21-year history, almost doubling the previous annual record of 578,913 visitors in 2010, and doing so in less than a year.

The digital MCA broadens the audience further still, with 750,000 MCA website visits in the eleven months since reopening.

MCA Chairman Simon Mordant AM said: ‘The MCA is a pioneering organisation; one that sets goals and then surpasses them. To have reached one million visitors in under a year since the reopening is not only a key milestone in the MCA’s history but a remarkable result, surpassing all forecasts. It is a recognition of the vision of the management team led by Liz Ann Macgregor that the MCA has become a key part of the cultural fabric of Australia as demonstrated by this incredible audience engagement.’

MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE said: ‘This is the most rewarding testament to the success of the new MCA and the Museum’s vibrant and popular exhibition and learning programs that continually inspire people. I would again like to thank all supporters of the redevelopment, the three levels of Government, private and corporate donors for helping us deliver an audience friendly institution which presents a world-class range of exhibitions and engaging events for people of all ages.’

To mark the occasion, artist Jess Olivieri was commissioned to create a performance work. For Whom The Bell Tolls (2013) is shaped by the notion of museums as cathedrals of culture and the history of bell ringing to summon the faithful to worship. When the 1,000,000th visitor, a Sydney-based art student called Madeleine Frith, entered the building, all screens switched to a ‘1,000,000 visitors’ message, an announcement was made and MCA gallery staff rang hand bells for a few moments.

Posted by Kelly Stone