– Highlights


Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb


Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb


Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

– Learning Events


ARTBAR January 2018

19 Jan, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA


Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

23 Jan, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning


Art Baby

06 Feb, 12.30pm, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

The Importance of Laughter

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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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Collection Artist Interviews

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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The Andreas Avery Collection

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


11 Mar 1997 to 31 Aug 1997

Curator: Djon Mundine

about the exhibition

The Andreas Avery Collection of Aboriginal Art is one of the most significant of its kind. The collection contains over 350 works, consisting largely of bark paintings from Arnhem Land in the Northern territory. The Andreas Avery Collection was started at a time when Aboriginal Art was just beginning to attract the serious interest of art museums and collectors. Over the course of three decades the Hogarth Galleries Aboriginal Art Centre created this collection on behalf of the Andreas Avery family.

This selection of 129 paintings demonstrated the range and depth that is contained within this collection, and was presented in several groupings. One group of works related to Aboriginal cosmology concerning the stars and the sky. Other groups showed the interrelationships of artists in terms of families and peer groups, another focused on the work of an international artist.

The exhibition offered the first public opportunity to view a selection from the Andreas Avery Collection of Aboriginal Art.