Discover work by more than 150 Australian artists when the MCA presents Volume One: MCA Collection, reflecting the strength and breadth of Australian contemporary art over the past 20 years. For the first time in the MCA's history, an entire floor is dedicated to permanently presenting works from the MCA Collection. You'll see work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, explore the development of film and video from fringe to mainstream practice, and appreciate the emergence of diverse cultural voices as well as ephemeral and performative practices.
In this first selection, on display from 29 March 2012, you can enjoy the beauty and poetry of Ricky Swallow's bronze balloons and Hossein Valamanesh's sculptural installation referencing memory and cultural dislocation. Explore diverse visions of Australia and Australian culture in digital works from TV Moore, Shaun Gladwell and Fiona Foley, among others. Be intrigued and confronted by Stephen Birch's and Aleks Danko's depictions of cultural icons and iconography.
You'll see how some of Australia's best known artists are using photography - including Rosemary Laing, Jon Lewis, Tracey Moffatt, David Stephenson and William Yang and study how colour and shape are transformed in innovative pieces by Michelle Nikou, Robert Owen and Rebecca Baumann. Extraordinary bark paintings, bags and baskets and graphic video, photography, drawings and collage juxtapose the diverse practices of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, while a series of colourful paintings and prints reveal hidden aspects of Sydney.
Be among the first to enjoy the Museum's new spaces devoted to highlighting this vibrant collection of works by Australian artists. Experience the MCA's new screen space devoted to video artworks and delve deeper into the stories and practices behind the art in the new resource area. You'll also be able to view works from the MCA's Contemporary Art Archive, a valuable resource for art lovers, students and researchers. Fall further in love with contemporary art at the new MCA as you experience and uncover today's artists, their work and their inspirations.