Rosemary Laing, brumby mound #5, 2003. Chromogenic print, framed, 127 x 241.5 x 6.5cm. Courtesy: the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of Galerie Lelong and anonymous donor, 2005.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) presents its third major presentation of the Museum’s Collection, opening on 26 February 2021. This free exhibition features over 60 works drawn from the MCA Collection and is on display in the Level 2 galleries, which are dedicated to exhibiting the Museum’s permanent collection.
The exhibition features 38 Australian artists who work across a range of media and showcase the rich diversity of contemporary Australian art. A significant number of the works in the exhibition have recently been acquired for the MCA Collection and around a third of the works are on display for the first time. New acquisitions presented in this comprehensive rehang include major works by artists Megan Cope, Janet Fieldhouse, Gunybi Ganambarr, Yasmin Smith and Angela Tiatia.
The new permanent Collection display will be rehung around an entirely new concept curated by MCA Senior Curator, Collection, Anneke Jaspers. The exhibition brings together artworks that explore the social and physical aspects of place, as well as the global flows that shape how we inhabit the world.
Artists featured in the long-term display include: Khadim Ali, Louisa Bufardeci, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Megan Cope, Bonita Ely, Janet Fieldhouse, Emily Floyd, Fiona Foley, Gunybi Ganambarr, Simryn Gill, Bianca Hester, Mason Kimber, Rosemary Laing, Robert MacPherson, Peter Maloney, Minnie Manarrdjala, Nicholas Mangan, Martu Artists (9): Ngamaru Bidu, Jakayu Biljabu, Bowya Patricia Butt, Kumpaya Girgirba, Noelene Girgirba, Karnu Nancy Taylor, Muuki Taylor, Ngalangka Nola Taylor and Wokka Taylor, Angelica Mesiti, Yukultji Napangati, Tom Nicholson, Raquel Ormella, Maria Josette Orsto, Shirley Purdie, Yasmin Smith, David Stephenson, Angela Tiatia, Alick Tipoti and Justin Trendall.
Also included in the Collection rehang will be a new installment of the Artist Room series, bringing together bark paintings by the late David Malangi Daymirringu, a senior elder of the Manharrngu people of central Arnhem Land.