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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

Nick Mangan, eXoecoaXis, 2004, MCA, purchased with the assistance of Ken and Lisa Fehily, 2006, installation view, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006, MCA, 2006, image courtesy and © the artist

Vernon Ah Kee, Fantasies of the good, 2004, MCA, purchased 2006
installation view, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006, MCA, 2006, image courtesy and © the artist

Ruark Lewis, FALSE NARRATIVES, 2001, MCA, Contemporary Art Archive, purchased 2005, installation view, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006, MCA, 2006, image courtesy and © the artist

Ruark Lewis, FALSE NARRATIVES, 2001, MCA, Contemporary Art Archive, purchased 2005, installation view, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006, MCA, 2006, image courtesy and © the artist

Anne Kay and Jane Polkinghorne, Artist Archive 2005, MCA, Contemporary Art Archive, purchased 2005, installation view, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006, MCA, 2006, image courtesy and © the artist

Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Woven Water: Submarine Landscape 1, 2003, MCA, purchased with the assistance of Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth and donors at the 2005 Bella Dinner, 2006, installation view, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006, MCA, 2006, image courtesy and © the artist

left to right: Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy, The Cordial Home Project, 2003, MCA, purchased 2006; Sophie Coombs, Mataphysical Drawing, 2005, Untitled sc|ab|102|2001, 2001, MCA, purchased 2006, installation view, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006, MCA, 2006, image courtesy and © the artists

The Kingpins, Welcome to the Jingle, 2003, MCA, purchased with the assistance of Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM, 2005, installation view, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006, MCA, 2006, image courtesy and © the artists

left to right: Janet Laurence, Cellular Gardens, 2005, MCA, purchased 2005
Trace/Efface II, 1991, MCA, purchased 2006, installation view, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006, MCA, 2006, image courtesy and © the artist

Daniel von Sturmer, Into a vacuum of future events, 2005, MCA, purchased 2005, installation view, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006, MCA, 2006, image courtesy and © the artist

Richard Bell, Worth Exploring?, 2002, MCA, purchased 2006, installation view, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006, MCA, 2006, image courtesy and © the artist

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