Art Press Release from Australia. Published by M.C.A. on Monday 25 February 2013.

Home Decor (Relative/Absolute) Flowers for Mathinna #2 1999 image

The first work to be purchased funds from the MCA Foundation, a major work by Gordon Bennett titled Home Decor (Relative/Absolute) flowers for Mathinna #2 (1999), had just been unveiled in the level 2 Galleries alongside other works in Volume One: MCA Collection. It contains a multitude of references, many taken from Australia's colonial art history.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) had created the MCA foundation to raise funds specifically for the acquisition or commission of works for the MCA Collection.

The Foundation is chaired by Air Droga who is joined by a Foundation Council made up of Justin Miller, Catriona Mordant, Dr Dick Quan, Andrew Roberts, Nick Tobias, Ivan Wheen and Shannan Whitney, all philanthropists and strong advocates of contemporary art.

MCA Foundation Chairman Ari Droga said: ‘The Foundation is delighted to help the MCA acquire works by important Australian artists to add to its contemporary art Collection. This will create a legacy for future generations of MCA visitors to enjoy. Our thanks to the generous MCA donors who have contributed significant funds to the acquisition of this work and the MCA’s on-going acquisitions program.’

Since its inception in 1989, the MCA Collection had grown to over 4,000 works. It now has a permanent presence in the Level 2 Galleries and plays an increasing role in MCA learning programs with a comprehensive range of resources being developed around it to teach students about Australian contemporary art.