– Highlights


Tatsuo Miyajima

03 Nov - 05 Mar

Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec


Primavera at 25: MCA Collection

19 Dec - 19 Mar

– Learning Events

Pop-Up Bar

Sakura Sundays

05 Mar, 3.00pm, Ground Floor: Outdoor Terrace


Contemporary Art Studio

09 Mar, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning


Educators conference: 6-7 April

06 Apr, 6.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

– News from inside the MCA

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5 tips for applying for the MCA Zine Fair

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Louise Zhang's horror infused ARTBAR

Navigating the space between attractive and repulsive, Chinese-Australian artist Louise Zhang kicks off the ARTBAR year in suitable style with a night entitled ‘New Year’s Rot’. 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.

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.