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Aleks Danko

30 Jul - 18 Oct


Matthys Gerber

22 Sep - 06 Dec


Primavera 2015

22 Sep - 06 Dec

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Exchange Series

12 Nov, 11.00am, Creative Studios National Centre for Creative Learning


Educator Exclusive

26 Nov, 5.30pm, Creative Studios National Centre for Creative Learning



06 Dec, 6.00pm, Throughout the MCA

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Taloi Havini: Primavera artist and ARTBAR curator

Primavera 2015 artist and MCA ARTBAR curator Taloi Havini talks ‘Shell Money’, pina coladas and memories of Bougainville. more

We laughed, we cried, we danced, we barked…

Teachers from across NSW gathered at the MCA and Sydney Opera House for two days of creative dialogue and exchange as part of the 2015 Engaging Students with Disability forum. more

If these walls could talk | #AleksDanko

Ha-ha-ha-ha. Learn the meaning behind artist Aleks Danko’s Laughing Wall.... more

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Volume One: MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection on display

Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections

On tour until October 2015


Watch our latest artist interview with Khaled Sabsabi

Contemporary Art Archive

The Contemporary Art Archive (CAA), a unique and important part of the MCA’s Collection. The archive gives attention to experimental, ephemeral, performative and investigative art practices through the acquisition of lesser known aspects of artists’ activities. It includes material such as artists’ books, films, publications, broadsheets, notebooks, diaries, objects, photographs, experimental music (records/cassettes/texts), collages, scripts, letters, writings and drawings, as well as other works of art. It has been developed through purchases and thanks to the extraordinary generosity of a number of artists. Objects from the CAA are displayed in exhibitions and sometimes in CAA-specific displays in the galleries.

“The CAA exists as a unique and highly valuable resource for artists, curators, writers and viewers alike. No other institution in Australia has initiated or developed a collection that seeks to delineate and make accessible the complexity of contemporary artistic practice through the non-hierarchical acquisition of artists’ materials. The CAA’s early focus on a period of art that was grounded in the performative, ephemeral and post-object also means it is a invaluable resource that gives tangible form to the thinking, processes and realisation of this period; a period which continues to influence new generations of artists and thinkers.”

- Hannah Matthews, from the publication Volume One: MCA Collection, published 2012 by the Museum of Contemporary Art

All images courtesy and © the artists