– Highlights

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Exhibition

Tatsuo Miyajima

03 Nov - 05 Mar

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

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Exhibition

Primavera at 25: MCA Collection

19 Dec - 19 Mar

– Learning Events

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Workshop

Lights On Later

08 Dec, 6.00pm, Level 3: Creative Studios in NCCL

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Art Safari

09 Dec, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Understanding Mindfulness Workshop

10 Dec, 12.30pm, Level 2: Seminar Room

– News from inside the MCA

Twitter tour: Rachel Kent on #TatsuoMiyajima

Chief Curator Rachel walks us through her exhibition highlights more

What's it like to view art in the nude?

Gill Nicol, Director, Audience Engagement, reveals her experience of stripping down and gaining a new perspective of the MCA Collection by viewing it entirely in the nude. more

Reliving our 25th Birthday Weekend

See what happened over our three-day celebration 25 years of art #MCA25 more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

MCA Collection

The MCA Collection contains over 4000 works by Australian artists that have been acquired since 1989. The Museum collects across all art forms with strong holdings in painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and moving image, as well as significant representation of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The Collection includes the MCA Contemporary Art Archive; a unique collection of material including artists’ publications, notebooks, music, scripts, letters, writings and drawings that represent a range of experimental practices and capture the ideas and working processes of today’s artists.

The MCA has important holdings of Indigenous art from Arnhem Land dating back to the 1950s including a collection that is held in trust with the community of Maningrida and The Arnott’s collection of bark paintings. 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). Following the founding of the MCA 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 simultaneously 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 represent many more of the Museum’s collecting highlights.

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MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngawarrye carved out a deserved reputation as one of Australia's most important artists.

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Hayden Fowler

Hayden Fowler investigates our interactions with the natural world and how we define ourselves with regard to nature.

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Emma White

Emma White's works experiment with contrasting value systems: precious and worthless, purposeful and redundant.

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Hossein Valamanesh

Valamanesh is a visual artist who works with different media from installation to sculpture, painting and collage.

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Past Exhibitions

The MCA has been exhibiting the work of Australian and international artists since 1991. Find out more about exhibitions we have held over the last decade.

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Touring Exhibitions

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Artist Commissions

The MCA has an ongoing series of commissions throughout its building. Find out more about current and previous commissions.

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C3West

C3West is a long term program which creates situations for artists to work strategically with business, non-arts government organisations, and communities in Greater Sydney.

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