We’re excited to share our 2018 season! Next year is one of the most exciting and diverse seasons yet, with international and Australian artists across various stages of their careers exhibiting new and well-loved artworks in group and solo exhibitions.
A highlight of the program is the first major survey of works by John Mawurndjul, one of Australia’s most important artists. Working within the long tradition of bark painting, Mawurndjul’s work explores themes of spirituality, mythology and life cycles. Developed and co-presented by the MCA and the Art Gallery of South Australia, the exhibition will span his thirty-year career.
We’ll also present the first solo exhibition in Australia of Sun Xun. One of China’s most exciting young artists, Sun is best known for his stop-motion animations that are based on thousands of ink paintings, charcoal drawings and woodcuts. His work has extraordinary resonance internationally, interrogating the absurd incongruities between authorised histories and personal recollections, and ideas around propaganda, post-truth and what we now call ‘fake news’.
Continuing into the new year is Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean, a Sydney-exclusive major survey of works by Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist, presented as part of the Sydney International Art Series (1 November – 18 February). Showing alongside are MCA Collection: Word (4 December – 18 February) and MCA Collection: Jon Campbell (4 December – 25 February), which showcase works from our Collection that engage with language and text, encompassing painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation and video.
Other highlights include the 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Art of Equilibrium and Engagement (from 16 March); Primavera 2018: Young Australian Artists, curated by Megan Robson (from 9 November); and MCA Collection: Compass. This Collection-based exhibition explores practices by Indigenous and non-Indigenous women, creating a dialogue between them (from 9 November).
Drawn from the MCA Collection, Today Tomorrow Yesterday focuses on contemporary practices by Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, with work by more than 40 artists from the 1960s to the present. We’re welcoming some new faces to this ongoing exhibition in 2018 with Emily Floyd’s work on display in our Artist Room, and new acquisitions by Nicole Foreshew, Kathy Temin and Jonny Niesche on show.
In 2018, our socially engaged, Western Sydney-based C3West program will present a critically important project about the history of the Blacktown Native Institution – one of Australia’s most important historical sites – in partnership with Blacktown Arts.
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