– Highlights


Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov


Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

– Learning Events


2017 Lloyd Rees Lecture

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


Art Safari

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


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

MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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

Contemporary Art Archive 1

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


12 Nov 1991 to 02 Feb 1992


Ian Burn, Mike Parr, Imants Tillers, Tim Johnson, Lyndal Jones, John Young, Peter Tyndall


Sue Cramer

About the exhibition

The Contemporary Art Archive exhibition was a statement of intention, an articulation of the dimensions and possibilities of the long-term development of the archive. It explored the concept of archive in relation to contemporary art and its display with an emphasis on work from the 1970s and 1980s in Australia. The Contemporary Art Archive is a coherent specialist collection with a commitment to experimental work of selected Australian artists. The collection is given a coherence and focus through artists’ collaboration in the selection and display of their work.

The Archive focuses on the lesser known activities of artists, such as broadsheets, notebooks, diaries, objects, photographs, experimental music (records/cassettes/texts), collages, scripts, working drawings, manuscripts, periodicals, letters, and drawings, as well as works of art to show the working method and ideas of contemporary artists and how ideas are transformed through materials into art.