Volume One: MCA Collection

The MCA is the only museum in Australia dedicated to exhibiting and collecting contemporary art. In March 2012, the Museum will open Collection Volume 1, which presents a narrative of contemporary Australian art over two floors.

Art Exhibition previously on at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in The Rocks precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Saturday 31 March 2012 to Monday 31 December 2012

William Yang Joe 1979 image

Published by M.C.A. on Thursday 26 May 2011.
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This new exhibition will reflect the changes and currents of Australian contemporary art and cultural life over the past 20 years. These trends include the dynamic interplay between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists; the consolidation of film and video practice from a marginal to central position; the emergence of diverse cultural voices; as well as ephemeral and performative practices. It will also include references to the MCA’s exhibition and collecting history.

Selected by MCA Curator Glenn Barkley, Collection Volume 1 draws upon iconic and well-known works; surprising pieces from the Museum’s extensive collection of Australian art in all media, as well as new acquisitions. The presentation will be centred on specific themes, for example portraiture and abstraction, or ideas of medium and materiality, such as light. Other groupings explore broader ideas such as mythology, landscape or movement.