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It was a sunny winter’s day, and Pete and I took a trip down to the historic Rocks district to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

The Rocks, built along Sydney’s foreshore, was the site of Australia’s first European settlement in 1788.  The area now has protected status, and its original architecture has been preserved. Skyscrapers dominate from Circular Quay onwards…

We had a delicious lunch at the MCA restaurant, sitting outside and gazing  at the Opera House…

Everything about the MCA is cool, even the hand dryers in the bathrooms…

The 18th Biennale of Sydney, our largest contemporary visual arts event, is currently in full swing.  The MCA plays an integral part in this, with two floors of the museum currently dedicated to Biennale installations.

Here’s just a snippet of what the MCA has on offer at the moment.  All the photos were taken with my iPhone4S, using the Hipstamatic app (Foxy lens, Pistil film, for those who are interested).  The size and majesty of many of the displays was hard to capture (especially as flash photography is prohibited).

This large installation by Thai artist, Pinaree Sanpitak is entitled Anything Can Break. The accompanying music makes standing under the display a complete sensory experience…

The Biennale includes several audio visual pieces, including Air Land by Khaled Sabsabi..

Moon Jars, by Pak Young-Sook…

The Mending Project, by Lee Mingwei is an interactive piece – members of the public bring clothing that needs to be mended and chat to the artists as it’s being repaired. The clothing is then left for the duration of the exhibition…

All the pieces remain connected to the spools mounted on the wall…

Multicoloured oil paints on canvas, by Thai artist Mit Jai Inn…

Hidden away in a darkened corner is Brisbane artist Ross Manning’s Fixational Eye (Vertical), a spinning light display…

I could have stood there watching it all day…

Woven Water: Submarine Landscape I by Maria Fernanda Cardosa incorporates preserved starfish…

These Manster pieces by Maria Kozic are direction specific. Here they are viewed from the left…

..and from the right…

Girelal by Alick Tipoti is a very large linocut mounted on canvas – my iPhone could only capture sections of it…

I found A Journey by Judith Wright very moving (but hard to photograph in the deliberately dimly lit room)…

The top floor of the MCA offers a café with breathtaking views…

Astonishingly, entry to the MCA is free.  If you’re in Sydney, do wander in for a visit, and maybe support them as we did, by eating in one of their restaurants or purchasing from their very funky shop!

Museum of Contemporary Art
140 George St
The Rocks
Sydney  NSW  2000
10am – 5pm Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun
10am – 9pm Thursdays
Closed Christmas Day

Website:  www.mca.com.au

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