Today marks the beginning of an exciting new era in the Museum of Contemporary Art and Qantas partnership. In an unprecedented move, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Qantas and Tate have collaborated in an International Joint Acquisition Program for contemporary Australian art. The acquisition program has been made possible through a generous $2.75 million corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation.
The gift is the latest development in a 17 year collaboration, dating back to 1998 and will increase the international profile of contemporary Australian art through its inclusion in two great art collections. Over the five year joint acquisition program a range of major works by contemporary Australian artists will be acquired for the MCA and Tate collections, owned and displayed by both institutions, for art-lovers the world over.
Museum of Contemporary Art Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, said: “One of our core missions is to present Australia’s contemporary artists in an international context, stimulate dialogue and raise their profile globally. So we are very excited about what this collaboration means for Australian artists. We are thrilled to be working with Tate- a world leader in collecting and presenting contemporary art from around the world.”
Qantas Group Executive of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth, said: “As Australia’s national carrier we’re all about taking the best of Australia to the world. We are excited to be working with two leading institutions in the MCA, and Tate, to provide opportunities for global audiences connect with Australian art and artists. Qantas has a long history of supporting the arts including the Flying Art series and Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Awards, and we are thrilled to be extending our contribution with this collaboration.”
We are extremely grateful to Qantas – one of the MCA’s long-standing Major Partners – for their incredibly generous gift and visionary support of Australian artists.
MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE