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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.