– Highlights

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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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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.

Telling Tales: Emily Floyd

Born 1972, Melbourne
Lives and works Melbourne

Emily Floyd frequently draws upon the great works of European literature for her art. Here, Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Camus’ The Outsider are represented through vast sculptural installations that illustrate the spatial geography of each novel, around which multiple, small wooden letters unfold into winding sentences like the branches of
a tree. A new work made for the exhibition looks at Russian typography, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s writings and idea of the gulag (or labour camp). According to Floyd, this is a term that resonates in the present, reflected in Australia’s policies around offshore detention and treatment of remote Indigenous communities.

Originally published in three volumes, Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago considered the prison industry, forced labour camps, ‘the soul and barbed wire’ and the pain of exile. As the survivor of a Stalinist labour camp, who was subsequently denounced then deported from the Soviet Union for his literary work, his words illustrate the power of speech to resist dominant power structures and systems of abuse.

<b>Emily Floyd,</b> <i>It's because I talk too much that I do nothing</i>  2002

Emily Floyd,
It’s because I talk too much that I do nothing 2002
Installation view, Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2016
powder coated steel, stained wood
Private Collection, Melbourne
Image courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia © the artist
Photograph: Jessica Maurer