– Highlights


Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb


Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb


Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

– Learning Events


Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

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


Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean [Unplugged]

23 Jan, 6.00pm, Level 3: Galleries


Spoken Word Series

03 Feb, 1.00am, Throughout the MCA

– News from inside the MCA

The Importance of Laughter

We sat down with laughter connoisseur Shari Coventry from Sydney Laughter to discover the truth about laughter and why we need it ahead of this month’s Laughter Sessions. more

Coming up in 2018…

Next year is one of the most exciting and diverse seasons yet. Find out what’s on. more

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

– 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.

Press Releases – MCA unveils 2017 program

Posted on Nov. 21, 2016
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia unveils its 2017 program. MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE said: ‘In 2017, the MCA program presents works by exceptional Australian and international contemporary artists at all stages of their careers and in varied media. We look forward to vigorous discussion on contemporary issues and the opportunity to reach audiences beyond museum walls with external projects and partnerships.’

A highlight of the program includes the most comprehensive exhibition of Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist’s work ever to be staged in Australia as part of the annual Sydney International Art Series 2017–18, supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW. Continuing into the new year is the Sydney exclusive retrospective by leading Japanese contemporary artist Tatsuo Miyajima, part of the Sydney International Art Series 2016–17.

Primavera at 25: MCA Collection (19 December 2016 – 19 March 2017) celebrates the silver jubilee of the MCA’s annual Primavera exhibition showcasing the work of young Australian artists.

A major exhibition partnership between three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions including the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) opens its inaugural presentation from 30 March 2017. The MCA presentation of The National 2017: New Australian Art features artists from every state and territory at different stages of their careers.

The first solo presentation in the Southern Hemisphere of recent Marcel Duchamp Prize-winner Kader Attia will be presented at the MCA from 12 April. Other highlights include two solo exhibitions featuring the work of women artists Jenny Watson and Hilarie Mais. Opening on 23 August, Primavera 2017: Young Australian Artists will be guest-curated by Sophia Kouyoumdjian who has comprehensive experience in Western Sydney’s contemporary art community.

The MCA’s touring program will reach audiences regionally, nationally and internationally across 11 venues. Exhibitions include Being Tiwi, Energies: Haines & Hinterding, Louise Hearman and Primavera at 25: MCA Collection. The MCA Bella Commission Teena’s Bathtime by David Capra will also tour to Maitland Regional Art Gallery (NSW).

MCA will unveil a new Foyer Wall Commission by Khadim Ali and Caroline Rothwell’s Sculpture Terrace Commission Composer (2016) will continue to greet visitors to the MCA Cafe until late in the year.

In 2017, C3West will continue to work with the Blacktown Arts Centre and UrbanGrowth NSW at the Blacktown Native Institution – one of Australia’s most important historical sites.

On display in the MCA Collection Galleries is Today Tomorrow Yesterday. This presentation focuses on contemporary practices by Australian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists with work by more than 40 artists from the 1960s to the present.

In May and November, a new program of ideas and discussion will be introduced to interrogate contemporary issues that matter. Conversation Starters responds directly to themes in MCA exhibitions, opening up room for more voices and embracing different opinions.

Visit the full program online.


Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Claire Johnson / Myriam Conrie
02 9245 2417 / 2434

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