December 02, 2020

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Qantas and Tate: first joint acquisition

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Qantas and Tate: first joint acquisition

Gordon Bennett ,  Number Nine , 2008,  Tate and the Museum of Contemporary  Art Australia, purchased jointly  with funds  provided by the Qantas Foundation 2016,  image courtesy Museum of  Contemporary Art Australia and Milani Gallery, Brisbane © Gordon Bennett  Estate 2016, photograph: Carl Warner

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Qantas and Tate have today revealed the first five artworks in their International Joint Acquisition Program for contemporary Australian art. The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

These joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate include two large video installations, one by Susan Norrie (Transit 2011) and another by Vernon Ah Kee (tall man 2010), two paintings by Gordon Bennett (Possession Island (Abstraction)) 1991 and Number Nine 2008) and an artist book by Judy Watson consisting of sixteen etchings with chine coll (a preponderance of aboriginal blood 2005).

Three of these artworks will be on display in the MCA Collection Galleries starting this month, and two more will be included in the new MCA Collection exhibition opening in September. The artworks will then head to Tate to be displayed in the UK in the near future.

Made possible through a $2.75 million corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation, this ground-breaking collaboration is enabling an ambitious five-year joint program through which a range of major artworks by contemporary Australian artists will be acquired for the collections of MCA and Tate, owned and displayed by both institutions.

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director of Museum of Contemporary Art Australia said: “We are thrilled to unveil this diverse range of joint acquisitions with Tate. This initiative is a true game-changer for contemporary Australian artists: it places their artworks in one of the world’s great public collections, where they will be seen alongside those of their international peers. It also enables us to acquire more ambitiously and strategically transforming the opportunities for international audiences to connect with contemporary Australian art.”



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