It only comes around every two years, and this captivating festival of contemporary art is currently celebrating its 19th anniversary in the heart of Sydney. The Biennale of Sydney is being hosted at various locations, and one of my favourite is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). The MCA, which is dedicated to collecting and displaying contemporary art from Australia and the world, is located in what is considered Sydney's top tourist destination, Circular Quay; but that does not make it any less beautiful.
The MCA is located in Sydney's beautiful Circular Quay, where the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge hug the picturesque views of the harbour.
Easily accessible by public transport, I consider the MCA one of the most enjoyable museums to visit in Sydney. It is relatively small in size, consisting of four levels; a cafe on the top, and a small but perfectly filled gift shop on the ground floor, with books and bits to interest all art enthusiasts.
Outside of the Museum of Contemporary Art
Apart from their ongoing collection, Levels 1 and 3 hold the works of the current Biennale. The Biennale collection contains works built from multiple mediums from soap to mirror and glass sculptures weighing over 700kg. These glass sculptures in question are so clear, that upon entering the room one thinks they are tubs filled with water. It is a truly beautiful sight.
Artist Roni Horn's Nine Liquid Incidents
The collection is fun and interesting, and inspires creativity in the seemingly uninspired. I took my younger brother who was looking for ideas for his High School Certificate Visual Art major work.
Artist TV Moores' Witch Doctor
The MCA offers free entry to the gallery, as well as free cloak room storage, which is always a bonus for visitors wanting to be comfortable when strolling the halls. I highly recommend everybody to go see the exhibition. It's only around once .every two years, and it leaves you feeling somewhat wholesome giving some time to art and reflection.
Artist John Stezaker's Mask CXLIX
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks, Levels 1 & 3
Why: Contemporary art in a variety of mediums
When: 21st March - 9th June 2014
Good for kids: Mostly, but be aware that some of the film screenings contain nudity. Check signs before entering film rooms.
2 years have now rolled around again. My husband & I to the MCA to see the Grayson Perry exhibition, & also viewed 1 part of the 20th Biennale. We couldn’t concentrate on the room to the right at the top of the stairs after viewing everything else, so we’ll return to that 1 as soon as we have another free day.