– Highlights

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

Jenny Watson

05 Jul - 02 Oct

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Exhibition

Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

– Learning Events

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Event

Engaging Students with disability

18 Aug, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Workshop

Art Safari

25 Aug, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Special Event

ARTBAR August 2017

25 Aug, 7.00pm, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

Claudia Nicholson's ARTBAR of love and devotion

July’s ARTBAR will see the MCA turned into an elaborate quinceañera by this month’s curator, Claudia Nicholson. more

#ConversationStarters: Have you ever made a decision based on fear?

We held a new program of art and ideas, Conversation Starters, in June to promote an open conversation with questions that define our global situation. more

#ConversationStarters: What are you afraid of for the future?

We held a new program of art and ideas, Conversation Starters, in June to promote an open conversation with questions that define our global situation. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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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
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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
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Roseby Collection, Melbourne