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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec


The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun


Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

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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

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Contemporary Art Archive 1

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


12 Nov 1991 to 02 Feb 1992


Ian Burn, Mike Parr, Imants Tillers, Tim Johnson, Lyndal Jones, John Young, Peter Tyndall


Sue Cramer

About the exhibition

The Contemporary Art Archive exhibition was a statement of intention, an articulation of the dimensions and possibilities of the long-term development of the archive. It explored the concept of archive in relation to contemporary art and its display with an emphasis on work from the 1970s and 1980s in Australia. The Contemporary Art Archive is a coherent specialist collection with a commitment to experimental work of selected Australian artists. The collection is given a coherence and focus through artists’ collaboration in the selection and display of their work.

The Archive focuses on the lesser known activities of artists, such as broadsheets, notebooks, diaries, objects, photographs, experimental music (records/cassettes/texts), collages, scripts, working drawings, manuscripts, periodicals, letters, and drawings, as well as works of art to show the working method and ideas of contemporary artists and how ideas are transformed through materials into art.