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Art Safari

Today, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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ARTBAR April 2017

Today, 6.45pm, MCA

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MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

– Learning Events

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Workshop

Art Safari

Today, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Special Event

ARTBAR April 2017

Today, 6.45pm, MCA

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Workshop

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

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Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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

Mikala Dwyer: MCA Collection

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

21 Dec 2015 to 21 Feb 2016

Curator: Natasha Bullock

About the exhibition

Sydney artist Mikala Dwyer has had a long and involved association with the museum – from the inaugural Primavera in 1992 to the exhibition she curated last year Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists. For more than three decades, in her own work, she has explored the mysterious and alchemical nature of materials and objects. Across her sculptures and installations, she displays an experimental approach to materials that has been influenced by art povera, dada and constructivism.

Acquired for the MCA Collection, Mikala Dwyer’s Square Cloud Compound is made of brightly coloured fabric cubes sewn into a huge pixelated canopy. This mysterious enclosure is help up by painted lampstands adorned with lights, bird boxes, ornaments, plants, mirrors, charms and trinkets; and held down by tersely stretched stockings attached to the ceiling and floor. The lampstands, painted in a constructivist style of black, white and red stand like mythic sentinels of protection guarding a space. Square Cloud Compound was presented alongside a gift from the artist: a new multi-coloured wall painting that referenced a creature of flight or a phoenix rising.

Featuring Works from the MCA Collection