Sail past on a Sydney ferry from Circular Quay and you’ll see the shiny new black cube that juts out from the beautiful heritage sandstone building that is the Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s glossy new exterior glints in the sunshine and queues snake around the block as it reopens for business.
After a $53 million refurb, the MCA is hosting an ‘extreme art event’ today to celebrate. The renovations have had Sydneysiders and international art fans in anticipation since 2009. The goal of the design, by highly-regarded architect Sam Marshall in partnership with the NSW Government Architect’s office, was to complement the existing heritage building and energise both The Rocks and Circular Quay.
The opening, which takes place on March 29, is a 24-hour art feast of talks by international artists and free exhibitions. The extra 700 square metres of space also makes room for a new and ongoing exhibition, Volume One: MCA Collection, that showcases Australian works from the gallery’s permanent collection curated by Glenn Barkley.
One of the biggest crowd pleasers will be, The Clock by Christian McClay, a 24-hour video consisting of thousands of short movie extracts each suggesting a different time of day and edited together to form a single film.
Don’t miss the spectacular new sculpture terrace overlooking the Harbour.
The new MCA is open from 29 March 2012