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MCA Collection: Plastic Fantastic

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

24 May 1997 to 08 Aug 1997

Artists:

Arman, Hany Armanious, Charles Arnoldi, Enrico Baj, Suzannah Barta, Aadje Bruce, Vicente Butron, Leonor Cecotto, Christo, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Ron Davis, Fiona Hall, Lyndal Jeffries, Tim Johnson, Craig Kauffman, Michael Kitching, Milan Knizak, Maria Kozic, Julio Le Parc, Jos Manders, John Meade, Arnold Mesches, Sam Richardson, Frantisek Skala, Keith Sonnier, Gary Wilson, Isaac Witkin, Constance Zikos

Curator:

Ben Curnow

about the exhibition

Plastic Fantatstic highlighted the many uses of plastic in art since the 1960s. Drawing chiefly on works from the MCA Collections, it focused on two key periods of collecting: in the late 1960s, during the first few years of the J W Power Collection, and in the years between 1991, when the MCA first opened to the public, and 1997.

The exhibition included works by 28 artists from Australia and overseas. Many of the earlier works, predating the emergence of ecological concerns on a popular scale in the 1970s, suggested an unbridled faith in progress. They celebrated plastic’s pure potential for creating new forms. More recent works reflected culture in which experience was increasingly mediated by artificiality. Many of the works involved discarded or ready-made objects that were brought together in imaginative arrangements.

Featuring Works from the MCA Collection