MCA announces four commissions for new wing - Art Collector

Artist's impression of the new MCA at dusk. Courtesy: Luminova.

23 May 2011 | Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art has announced four commissions for its new wing, which is due to open in March 2012.

Two of the commissions will change annually. The first year will see Hany Armanious, Australia’s representative at the Venice Biennale, produce a work for the new sculpture terrace and Emily Floyd create a sensory environment for the Bella Room, a space created to host learning programs for children with special needs.

Brook Andrew will install a permanent work which responds to the remains of the old colonial naval dock which sits underneath the MCA extension.

Grant Stevens has also been commissioned to produce a permanent work. He will create a video for the foyer featuring the names of building donors.

The museum closes on 20 June 2011 but will run offsite exhibitions at venues including the National Art School while the construction of the new wing is underway. To reinforce its position as the only Australian museum dedicated to collecting contemporary art, the MCA will reopen with an exhibition presenting the past 20 years of contemporary Australian art.

Jane O'Sullivan

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