MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

29 June to 03 September 2006

Artists

Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Sophie Coombs, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, Anne Kay and Jane Polkinghorne, The Kingpins, Janet Laurence, Nick Mangan, Ruark Lewis, Rainer Linz, David Noonan, Daniel Von Sturmer.

Curator: Russell Storer

about the exhibition

The MCA is dedicated to collecting artworks that support Australian artists through promoting the importance of Australian art for future generations. In 2006, the MCA held a significant collection of over 4,000 Australian and international artworks brought together since the late 1960s. The MCA Collection forms one of the core functions of the Museum’s activities, playing a major role in the MCA’s innovative exhibitions, touring projects, education, outreach programs and publications.

Following on from the 2005 exhibition MCA Collection: New Acquisitions in Context, this exhibition showcased the MCA’s recent acquisitions. MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006 focused on works recently acquired rather than contextualising them with existing works from the MCA Collection. Not a thematic exhibition; rather, it displayed works in complementary groupings to bring out the diversity as well as shared themes and interests in the works acquired over the previous six – eight months. These included major sculptural works and installations using organic materials and forms and touching on environmental themes – by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Janet Laurence and Nick Mangan. Further works purchased for the MCA Collection, such as the Artist Archive video project by Anne Kay and Jane Polkinghorne and False Narratives by Ruark Lewis; and video works by younger artists such as the Kingpins and Daniel von Sturmer.

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Featuring Works from the MCA Collection

Vernon Ah Kee

Richard Bell

Maria Fernanda Cardoso

  • Woven Water, Submarine Landscape I

Sophie Coombs

Sean Cordeiro

  • Hamper (9 months and an hangover)
  • The Cordial Home Project

Claire Healy

  • Hamper (9 months and an hangover)
  • The Cordial Home Project

Anne Kay

  • Artist Archive

Kingpins

  • Welcome to the Jingle

Janet Laurence

  • Cellular Gardens (where breathing begins)
  • Trace/efface II

Ruark Lewis

  • FALSE NARRATIVES
  • FALSE NARRATIVES
  • FALSE NARRATIVES
  • FN blue
  • FN red
  • FN yellow
  • FURNITURE MUSIC for FALSE NARRATIVES

Rainer Linz

  • FURNITURE MUSIC for FALSE NARRATIVES

Nicholas Mangan

David Noonan

  • Untitled

Jane Polkinghorne

  • Artist Archive

Daniel von Sturmer

  • Into a Vacuum of Future Events