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From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor Art Projects and Collection

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


12 Dec 1995 to 17 Mar 1996


Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Aleks Danko, Dan Flavin, Gilbert & George, Barry Humphries, Donald Judd, Jeff Koons, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Long, Allan McCollum, Mario Merz, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik, Edouardo Paolozzi, Mike Parr, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Frank Stella, Thomas Struth, Imants Tillers, Ken Unsworth, Meyer Vaisman


Nicholas Baume

about the exhibition

This exhibition celebrated 25 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects and was presented in association with Project 10, Jeff Koons’ Puppy on the MCA Forecourt. It was the first exhibition of John Kaldor’s extensive and eclectic collection.

In 1969, John Kaldor initiated his Kaldor Public Art Projects with an invitation to renowned artists Christo & Jeanne-Claude to ‘wrap’ Little Bay in Sydney. The resulting work, Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, focused Australian attention on the power of individual patronage to facilitate art projects too complex or vast for institutions to deal with, and also brought to international attention Australia as a potential site for challenging contemporary art. Over the following 25 years, Kaldor brought challenging and innovative international and Australian artists’ projects to the public.

While focused on the projects, Kaldor also amassed a personal collection which reflected his diverse tastes in international and Australian contemporary art. His interest in American abstraction was evident in the works of Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre and Donald Judd, however these works were countered by the presence of very different artists: Gilbert & George, Nam June Paik, Richard Prince and Jeff Koons, for example. Kaldor’s collection now has a permanent home at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, providing the public with the opportunity to view some of the best international contemporary art since the 1960s, and providing a context for current and future Kaldor Public Art Projects.

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