Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
20 Dec 1994 to 13 Feb 1995
Marina Abramovic & Ulay, Lothar Baumgarten, Alighiero E Boetti, Christian Boltanski, Peter Cripps, Jochen Gerz, Rebecca Horn, Mike Parr, Lawrence Weiner
These works from the MCA Collection were by artists who began their careers in the late 1960s and 70s working in Europe, America and Australia. This was a time when new and diverse media and ideas about art were being explored. Performance, photography, film, video, text, books by artists and the concept of art as idea or action, were taken up with renewed vigour as artists found many ways of expanding the language of art beyond conventional definitions of painting and sculpture.
The works exhibited were mostly from the 1980s but continued to reflect the conceptual experiments, in form and media, of the previous decade. These works presented a number of recurring themes. The artists variously investigated history, language, cultural and collective identity, nature and place, through the mediums of painting, sculpture, embroidery, text and photography. Performance, although not directly present in this exhibition, remained an important element in some of the artists’ work.