– Highlights

highlight
Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

highlight
Exhibition

Jenny Watson

05 Jul - 02 Oct

highlight
Exhibition

Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

– Learning Events

highlight
Event

Engaging Students with disability

18 Aug, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

highlight
Workshop

Art Safari

25 Aug, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

highlight
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

highlight
MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

highlight
Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

highlight
Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Telling Tales: Jumaadi

Born 1973, Sidoarjo, Indonesia
Lives and works Sydney

The Life and Death of a Shadow 2015-16
buffalo hide, buffalo horn, acrylic paint, watercolour on paper, wax on paper prints, single-channel digital video, sound

Working between Sydney and Yogyakarta, Indonesian artist Jumaadi has created a new shadow puppet theatre especially for the exhibition. Entitled The Life and Death of a Shadow (2016) it tells the true story of a deaf musician who teaches his blind son the traditional art of wayang kulit or shadow puppetry. Growing up in rural East Java, Jumaadi and his family lived near the father and son of the story, and he witnessed the extreme poverty in which they lived. Despite this, he recalls their careful, shared negotiation of paper shapes, music and movement, which transformed their simple hut into a place of magic: ‘Spirits filled the living room, witnesses to this enchanted performance’.

In the gallery, there is a selection of Jumaadi’s drawings, folded ‘concertina’ books or storyboards, and around 200 shadow puppets that have been hand-made and coloured, using dried buffalo hide, horn and pigments. Live shadow puppet performances and puppet-making workshops for children expand the gallery presentation, as part of the exhibition’s public programs.

Jumaadi <i>The life and death of the shadow</i> 2015-16

Jumaadi The life and death of the shadow 2015-16