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QANTAS funds MCA and TATE to show Australian Contemporary art to the world

September 30, 20152 minute read
Museum Of Contemporary Arts Australia

The Museum of Contemporary Arts Australia is located in one of the most beautiful spots in Australia, if not the world. In The Rocks area of Sydney, the Art Deco building has as its near neighbours the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay Ferry terminal and the Sydney Opera House. It is in this illustrious company that The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the Tate Gallery in London will show off a collection of contemporary Australian artworks acquired through an International Joint Acquisition Program made possible through a $2.75 million corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation.

In a joint announcement, MCA, Qantas and Tate have described how the gift “will enable an ambitious five-year joint program through which a range of major works by contemporary Australian artists will be acquired for the collections of MCA and Tate, owned and displayed by both institutions.”

With artworks representing a range of media, dating from the late 1960s through to the present, the art world will have access to a significantly enhanced variety and volume of Australian art and widen opportunities for international audiences to connect with contemporary Australian art and artists.

Following the Qantas Foundation’s gift, the MCA and Tate will coordinate the research and acquisition of selected artists’ works. A selection of the first artworks acquired will be presented at the MCA in 2016, before heading to Tate.

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