On Thursday 29th March, a newly refurbished and extended Museum of Contemporary Art - Australia opened to the public amidst a week of specially scheduled events and publicity. An imposing flight of stairs greet visitors and staff to the museum at the Circular Quay entrance, beyond the exterior forecourt. On the adjacent wall, ‘Tango’ is painted. See below for all the photos which explain this exciting new work.
The MCA commissioned contemporary artist, Helen Eager to make a mural, for the major stair wall to create a strong statement at the entrance and be an addition to the Museum’s collection of wall drawings. Indeed, even before visitors enter the building the wall painting draws visitors to the museum from hundreds of meters away. Through Jim Cobb, Chroma’s Managing Director, the company has supplied all paint requirements for the project- the artist’s largest work to date.
Helen Eager designed ‘Tango’, in keeping with her current body of work. The motif she presents us with is the triangle arranged in such ways to suggest flow and turning motions of a dance. Throughout her career, Eager’s work has moved increasingly towards abstraction and explorations of Light and Colour within that oeuvre. The simple yet strong geometric form of the triangle and the limited palette, encompassing subtle shifts of hue, allows powerful contemplation of these elements.The choice of orange and Eager's execution is electrifying, providing a tantalizing sense of anticipation upon entering the building.
A February news article further explains Eager’s work. Click this link to view. The artist also has a current retrospective show at Utopia Gallery in Dank Street, Waterloo Sydney. You can view a preview at the Utopia Arts Sydney website http://www.utopiaartsydney.com.au/shows/sh_heleneager_12.htmhttp://www.utopiaartsydney.com.au/shows/sh_heleneager_12.htm
This building redevelopment has deftly resolved the circulation issues of the old MCA and increased gallery space by 26% and enabled the Museum to plan an extensive raft of programs for this year and into the future. The National Centre for Creative Learning, which occupies 40% of the new wing, is a significant factor in the redevelopment. The NCCL will allow the Museum of Contemporary Art to deliver specific educational programs to Australia’s school children, teenagers, adults, people with special needs and international visitors. The centre has been equipped with purpose built studios and digital facilities to engage groups on site or digitally to connect to classrooms Australia wide.
Chroma thanks the Museum of Contemporary Art for access in the preview week. To fully discover the exciting breadth of what the Museum now offers, click here. Painted, sculptural, installation and digital works commissioned for the reopening of the MCA are all by Australian artists, making a thought provoking and diverse contribution to the contemporary art scene of Sydney and Australia.
Chroma thanks the Museum of Contemporary Art for access in the preview week. With thanks to Christopher Hodges for the image of Helen Eager by the wall painting. Photos by Serena Agius of Chroma.