Sydney has many interesting museums and art galleries. On that I particularly like is the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). Here is why.
6 Reasons to visit the MCA in Sydney
- The art collection. The MCA focusses on contemporary art (duh!) in all it’s visual forms. Be it painting, photography, sculpture, paper or moving images. This also includes Aboriginal art from as early as 1950.
- It’s location. The MCA is housed in a pretty building, facing Sydney’s Harbour on one side and historic The Rocks on the other. It has entries/exits on both sides of the building.
This means that visiting this museum combines perfectly with a visit to Sydney Harbour as well as the Rocks. This can even be done in one and the same day!
- The rooftop cafe. The MCA has a charming cafe, overlooking the harbour and the Opera House. It’s a great place for a latte or a lunch, while enjoying the view. The name Sculpture Terrace made me laugh, since it contains only one sculpture. Hahaha….
- The museum shop. As often in museums, the MCA has a lovely museumshop with all sorts of items. Great for gifts.
- Not only do you learn something about art, it also teaches you a thing or two about yourself:
Hahaha…. I leave it up to you how personally YOU take this quote;-).
- And last but certainly not least: it’s FREE. Yes, you read that right; it’s totally free. How unique and cool is that?! They welcome donations very much (and I would encourage you to donate! Please, pretty please?), but it’s entirely up to you.
What’s on now?
When I was there, the ongoing exhibition was Luminous. It was curated from MCA’s own collection and consists of light-based art. (Only a short time left; it ends on june 8th)
Here are some of the works on display:
Conceptual art – “But what does it mean?”
In case you’re wondering about this art (what is it? Is it a plane? Is it a spaceship? No, it’s ART!), as I wrote before: conceptual art is not always as understandable. And the explanations given are sometimes even more cryptic than the artwork itself. But other times the written context actually enlightens and makes it able for us to see the art in a different light (pun intended) and appreciate it more.
If I cannot make sense of the art work, I can still enjoy it on an aesthetic base or on how it makes me feel.
In the case of the Luminous exhibit, aesthetically I was covered, since I’m a sucker for light(s) and color. For the rest, the level of my enthusiasm depended on the work in question.
What’s on – part two
Then there was an exhibition of another selection of works from the permanent collection. The works varied from interesting to weird to scary and everything in between. Eclecticism rocks, as far as I’m concerned, so I was entertained for sure.
Also on now is the exhibition Light Show (until july 5th).
The museum gives all sorts of tours on a regular basis, so be sure to keep track of those.
Have you visited the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney? Do you like it? What is your favorite museum in Sydney and why? Are you a regular in visiting museums and galleries?