– Highlights

highlight
Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

highlight
Exhibition

Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

highlight
Exhibition

Jenny Watson

05 Jul - 02 Oct

– Learning Events

highlight
Special Event

ARTBAR June 2017

30 Jun, 7.00pm, MCA

highlight
Talk

NAIDOC Week 2017

05 Jul, 5.30pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

highlight
Event

Master Class For Teachers

09 Jul, 10.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

– News from inside the MCA

MCA at the 2017 Venice Biennale

Canals, cats and curators. Clothilde Bullen reflects on the experience of attending the 2017 Venice Biennale on the occasion of Tracey Moffat’s Australian Pavilion. more

From the archives: Unconventional Materials

From the Archives is our blog series unearthing gems from the MCA’s archives, written by resident archivist Stephanie Ferrara more

The other side of an exhibition

Take a trip behind the scenes with Exhibition Manager Charm Watts as she shares tales of what goes into installing MCA shows more

– Spotlights from the collection online

highlight
MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

highlight
Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

highlight
Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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

Matthys Gerber

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

22 Sep 2015 to 06 Dec 2015

Curator: Natasha Bullock

About the exhibition

The work of Sydney artist Matthys Gerber explores the languages, experiences and histories of painting. His engagement with historical and popular sources, along with his experimental attitude, technical virtuosity and refusal to rest with one style or subject matter have become the hallmarks of his practice.

In his work he has challenged traditional painting genres, including abstraction, portraiture, landscape, still life and text; and employed various techniques, from finely wrought realistic details to the impasto effects of gestural abstraction. At the core of this process is the dynamic between representation and abstraction, a tension embodied in his ongoing series of Rorschach paintings.

Gerber came to prominence in Australia during the late 1980s when painting was experiencing an international renaissance. His work reacts to 80’s appropriation and is influenced by the various histories of the avant-garde, indigenous painting, popular music and commercial design. This exhibition explored contrasts and relationships between past and recent work, highlighting the structure and chaos at the centre of his approach.

Matthys Gerber was born in Delft, the Netherlands and in 1964 moved to Augustenborg, Denmark and then in 1971 to Sydney, Australia.

Featuring Works from the MCA Collection

Tim Johnson
  • Artist at Papunya
Tommy Stevens Tjapangati
  • Artist at Papunya
George Tjungurrayi
  • Untitled