MCA puts its collection in context - Art Collector

Installation view, MCA Collection: New Acquisitions in Context, 2013. Foreground: Mike Parr, Inclined Perspective Wedge (Riverbed). Right display: Imants Tillers, Tabula Rasa (for my father). Left display: Judith Wright, Relative Conversations. Courtesy: the artists, Alex Davies and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

11 December 2013 | The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney is launching an exhibition that brings together a selection of its new acquisitions alongside works already held in its collection.

New Acquisitions in Context 2013, the exhibition opens tomorrow and features work by 28 Australian and international artists ranging from painting and photography to moving image and installation.

It is curated by MCA curator Anna Davis and MCA assistant curator Megan Robson. On the eve of the exhibition's launch,
Art Collector got the scope from Robson about what audiences can expect and about the works that were acquired this year.

Simryn Gill, Untitled (Interior) II, 2008. Bronze 36 x 27 x 9cm. Courtesy: the artist and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Seven new acquisitions from seven key Australian artists will be shown at this exhibition. They are:

Imants Tillers'
Tabula Rasa (for my father) (2011), purchased by the MCA. This work is the tenth and final work in his Diaspora series and its acquisition continues a long relationship between Tillers and the MCA, allowing audiences to see the diversion and evolution in Tillers' practice;

Simryn Gill's
Untitled (Interior) II (2008), donated to the MCA. It is a small intricate bronze piece that is part of a series inspired by cracks in the ground observed by Gill during a trip to regional Australia in the extended drought period in the mid to late 2000s;

Khadim Ali's
The Haunted Lotus (2011–12), a four panel miniature purchased by the MCA;

Tracey Moffatt's
First Jobs (2008), donated to the MCA;

Judith Wright's
Relative Conversations (2006), a series of five works on Japanse paper purchased by the MCA;

Juan Davila's
Madi (1991), a sculptural painting donated to the MCA; and

Hayden Fowler's
New World Order (2013), a video work purchased by the MCA with the assistance of the MCA Young Ambassadors.

Khadim Ali, The Haunted Lotus, 2011-12 (detail), gouache, ink and gold leaf on wasli paper. Courtesy: the artist, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

The full list of exhibiting artists is Ian Abdulla, Khadim Ali, Howard Arkley, Ben Armstrong, Peter Booth, Stephen Birch, Pat Brassington, Lauren Brincat, Peter Booth, Juan Davila, Phillip Faulks, Nicholas Folland, Hayden Fowler, Rosalie Gascoigne, Simryn Gill, Shaun Gladwell, Newell Harry, Fiona Lowry, Tracey Moffatt, Dorothy Napangardi, Mike Parr, Gloria Petyarre, Imants Tillers, Walala Tjapaltjarri, Ulay and Marina Abramovic, Louise Weaver, Emma White and Judith Wright.

This exhibition will be a chance to see both the diversity of ideas that Australian artists are exploring and the breadth of the MCA's collection.

New Acquisitions in Context 2013 will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney until 23 February 2014.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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