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The Museum of Contemporary Art - Sydney Australia's modern museum of art - mixes regular exhibitions with an eclectic permanent collection. Entry is free. Expect anything from wrought iron wall art to portable pop up displays.
MCA lit up as part of VIVID Sydney
Situated right on Sydney harbour and overlooking Sydney Opera House, the MCA is a brilliant place to go to for lots of reasons.
Modern art, of course, both Australian and international.
But also to hang out in the cafe and watch the world go past.
Or to discover modern art gifts in the museum shop.
The MCA is the only museum in Australia wholly dedicated to collecting and showing contemporary art.
Construction of the MCA building, 1952
Open again after major expansion and refurbishment, it's at
140 George Street
T +61 2 9245 2400
Have a look at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney online collection to whet your appetite.
This online collection will continue to expand, focusing on contemporary Australian art.
Then check out Sydney museum of modern art calendar to find out what's on while you're in town.
The museum's new wing allows an entire floor to be permanently dedicated to presenting work from the MCA Collection.
Sydney's modern Museum of Art today: the new wing
Discover contemporary Australian artists and get a feel for the diversity of Australian contemporary art.
The collection emphasises the past 20 years in Australian art.
It includes significant work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
There's film, video, photography, collage and performance art.
And you can delve deeper into the ideas behind the art in the new resource area.
You'll also find a contemporary art archive there - a valuable resource for art lovers, students and researchers alike.
And don't overlook the cafe - it's one of the museum's highlights!
Have a coffee or light meal on the terrace overlooking the harbour and Opera House. Sit back and watch the ferries come and go. It's terrific.
The modern museum of art is great for picking up great, non-kitsch modern art gifts to take back home. Do it online if you're in a hurry, or if you don't want to carry too many things around with you.
Black on White at the Sydney art gallery
Although the MCA is the only dedicated modern museum of art in Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has been watching its increasing visitor base and is definitely competing for its patrons.
It recently opened a new floor of contemporary galleries.
Prominent among them the John Kaldor Family Gallery, featuring donated contemporary art works from over 50 years of collecting by John Kaldor.
As well, there are many private galleries dotted around Sydney where you can buy artworks. .
And don't miss the good Aboriginal art galleries around Sydney. Look, discuss, buy modern Aboriginal art.
The MCA regularly hosts portable pop up displays and exhibitions.
A key feature of the MCA's program is a series of site-specific commissions by Australian artists in a variety of media including wall painting, sculpture and video. Also performance and participatory art. Check their calendar to see what's on when you're in Sydney.
Portable pop up displays, a feature of the MCA
Is it architecture? Is it performance art? Is it art at all?
Go and decide for yourself.
There's plenty to think about with most of the displays.
If you're interested in the creative thinking behind temporary displays, or in pursuing their deeper implications, join the Saturday afternoon talks at the MCA from 1400-1500 (2-3pm).
Just check to make sure there's one on before you go.
: 1000-1700 (10am-5pm)
: 1000-2100 (10am-9pm)
: 1000-1700 (10am-5pm)
There are free daily guided tours and a downloadable app to introduce you to the MCA's Collection, exhibitions and activities. You can even create your own online gallery with the app.
So add this modern museum of art to your itinerary. It's central, it's free and it should open up a window into the contemporary Australian art scene for you.
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