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Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb


Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb


Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

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ARTBAR January 2018

19 Jan, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA


Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

23 Jan, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning


Art Baby

06 Feb, 12.30pm, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

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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

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Press Releases – Announcing major exhibition by Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima

Posted on Jan. 7, 2016
MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent and Tatsuo Miyajima and artwork Mega Death from 1999

Left: MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent and Tatsuo Miyajima, 2015 (Photograph: Anna Kucera). Right: Tatsuo Miyajima, Mega Death, 1999, installation view, Suntory Museum, Osaka, Japan. Image courtesy the artist and SCAI THE BATHHOUSE © the artist, Photograph: Shigeo Anzai

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres today announced two extraordinary exhibitions exclusive to Sydney as part of the 2016-2017 Sydney International Art Series: the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will present a major exhibition of the works of renowned Japanese contemporary artist, Tatsuo Miyajima, while the Art Gallery of New South Wales will showcase works by the likes of Picasso, Rodin and Bonnard in Nude: Art from the Tate Collection.

“These exceptional exhibitions further the impressive reputation of the Sydney International Art Series, which brings the most outstanding art exclusively to Sydney each summer. Since its creation by Destination NSW in 2010, over 1.4 million attendees have enjoyed the world-class exhibitions,” Mr Ayres said.

Tatsuo Miyajima is known for his immersive, technology-driven sculptures and installations. This will be his first major solo exhibition in Australia, encompassing key sculptures and installations from the beginnings of his career to the present, as well as video and performance works which have expanded his object-based practice over time. It will be curated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent, who worked closely with Miyajima on her international exhibition Marking Time, which inaugurated the newly re-developed MCA’s opening season in 2012.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, commented: “The reputation of our curatorial team for working closely with artists has enabled us to attract the likes of Anish Kapoor, Yoko Ono, Chuck Close, Grayson Perry and now Miyajima.”

Central to Miyajima’s practice are numerical counters that count from 1 to 9 using light emitting diodes (LEDs). Presented en masse, in vast groupings with contrasting speeds and colours, Miyajima’s counters symbolise both the multitude of humanity as well as the individual, with their varied tempos and flashing colours. They also reflect time’s central importance in our lives and draw inspiration from Buddhist philosophy, with its exploration of mortality and human cycles of life, death and renewal.

Miyajima has held solo exhibitions in Japan, the United States and Europe over the past two decades, including San Francisco MoMA (1997), the Hayward Gallery, London (1997), MACRO Rome (2004), MITO Museum Japan (2008) and the Ullens Centre, Beijing (2011).

He represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 1999 with the vast installation Mega-Death – which will form a highlight of his Sydney survey – a room-scale installation of brilliant, blinking blue LEDs, each representative of human life or energy. A silent, twinkling memorial to the Holocaust, the lights are programed to switch off at intervals, plunging viewers into complete darkness momentarily, before lighting up and counting once more.

The Sydney International Art Series brings the world’s most outstanding exhibitions exclusively to Sydney, Australia. Created by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, the Sydney International Art Series is a signature event on the NSW Events Calendar.


Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
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