– 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


Art Safari

27 Oct, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

Special Event

ARTBAR October 2017

27 Oct, 7.00pm, MCA


Keynote lecture by Pipilotti Rist

05 Nov, 1.00pm, Level 6: Harbourside Room

– News from inside the MCA

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

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Laura Hindmarsh

Primavera 2017 artist Laura Hindmarsh shares six films ahead of her specially curated edition of Art + Film on Saturday 16 September. more

The Many Guises of Jenny Watson

We’ll take you through some of Watson’s many alter egos that are currently housed in our Level 3 Galleries. 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.

Sanghyun LEE

Born 1954, Seoul. Lives and works Seoul

Sanghyun Lee has digitally manipulated two Korean landscape paintings from the Joseon era (1392 – 1897), and set in what is now North Korea, in order to blend layers of history and fiction, past, present and future. Exploring questions of artifice and reality in contemporary Korea, he populates these historical paintings with internet game characters, Barbie dolls and K-Pop stars. He also includes global brand logos, such as Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. The collective craving for money and possessions that Lee observes in both South and North Korea is he argues, related to a profoundly human desire to consume, which can never be satisfied.

We dream of paradise but it does not exist, it is only a figment of our minds and desires. Peach blossoms do not bring you happiness they are fake. Designer handbags will not bring you fulfilment, but yet many continue to yearn for these things and have a passionate desire for material goods.

Sanghyun Lee

Sanghyun Lee <i>Lady Gaga's Taedong River North Korea – US Friendship Concert</i>  2011

Sanghyun Lee Lady Gaga’s Taedong River North Korea – US Friendship Concert 2011
digital C print

Hanson Collection, Christchurch

Curator Anna Davis on Sanghyun Lee

Sanghyun Lee <i>Love or My Father?</i>  2011

Sanghyun Lee Love or My Father? 2011
digital C print

Roseby Collection, Melbourne