– Highlights

Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec


The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun


Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

– Learning Events


Art Safari

28 Apr, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

Special Event

ARTBAR April 2017

28 Apr, 7.00pm, MCA



03 May, 6.30pm, Level 3: Digital Studio in NCCL

– News from inside the MCA

Young Art Lovers' Book List

To celebrate World Book Day (Sunday 23 April) the MCA Store and MCA Learning crew have teamed up to put together a selection of fun, inspiring and engaging titles sure to spark the imaginations of budding artists and creative thinkers. more

From the archives: Curious catalogue

Never judge a book by its cover? In this issue of our monthly archive series, MCA Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie, leafs through some unusual pages more

Girl On Film: Erin Coates

The National 2017: New Australian Art artist Erin Coates gets in the driving seat for our April film experience more

– Spotlights from the collection online

MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Wim Wenders: Pictures from the Surface of the Earth

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


24 Jun 2003 to 31 Aug 2003

Guest curator: Heiner Bastian

about the exhibition

About the exhibition

Wim Wenders is widely recognised as one of the world’s most innovative and thoughtful film directors. Born in Dusseldorf in 1945, Wenders studied medicine, philosophy, painting and film. By the 1970s he was widely recognised as a leading director of the New German Cinema. His work has encompassed more than 30 short and feature length films including Paris, Texas (1984), Wings of Desire (1987), Until the End of the World (1991), Lisbon Story (1994), A Trick of the Light (1996), The End of Violence (1997), the award-winning music documentary Buena Vista Social Club (1998) and The Million Dollar Hotel (2000).

As a prolific, multi-faceted artist, Wenders channels his creative energy and extraordinary visual sensibility into work across a broad range of media, including watercolour and ink drawings, collage, cinema, photography and electronic images. He has also published several books including collections of photographs and essays, and reflections on filmmaking.

Wim Wenders: Pictures from the Surface of the Earth brought together 34 large-scale photographs taken by Wim Wenders during his travels across the globe over the previous 20 years. From panoramas of the American mid-west and Australia’s vast interior, to colourful city vistas and streetscapes taken in Havana, these images suggested a sense of voyaging, of exploration and a commitment to the physical experience of being 'on the road’.

Wenders’ camera also explored interiors, from a hotel lounge room in the mid-west states of America to the serene spaces of a Japanese temple. In November 2001 he visited the site of the World Trade Center, New York and produced an extraordinary series of photographs from Ground Zero.

Tour Itinerary

City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand: 25 October 2003 – 26 February 2004

In the Shop