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.