… but is it art?

July 12, 2006 at 12:27 pm | Posted in Sydney, Travel | 1 Comment

This week’s field trip was to the Museum of Contemporary Art at Sydney’s Circular Quay with Rhiannon. It was good to see it with someone and compare notes and our notes for the MCA were not good. You can check Rhiannon’s thoughts here. We spent about 20 mins which is totally indicative of the experience. I suppose the first thing to note is they are quite anal about my water bottle. Requesting that it be in a bag not just unopened. So odd given most of their pieces were projected onto walls so in the unlikely event that it spilt wouldn’t really damage anything. Also only last week was I sipping water in front of unprotected million dollar paintings at the NSW Art Gallery. The MCA clearly has a complex. It is also sad that this is the what I’m taking away from the Museum.

I’ve had to re-write this review any number of times as I end up going into either a rant at the lack of accessibility or a self-justification for not being culturally literate enough to appreciate the value of the art. From what I could glean from the pieces and their highly informative (read: sarcasm) descriptions most of them were relating to pain, death and war. Frankly I’m sick of it. I realise that those themes have their place but like my thoughts of the World Press Photos I wish that joy and happiness could get a look in once and a while.  

I took a picture of the building but it didn’t come out very well which is apt for the MCA.

We had coffee near the Opera House and looked out over the Quay in the afternoon light, watching ferries, the tall ships, water taxis and the Spirit of Tasmaniaas they sailed around. Plenty of tourists to people watch as well. Much better than the MCA! 

Unless you’re an art or more importantly a contemporary art lover the MCA is a definite miss.

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  1. […] Tate is interesting and varied and it was certainly miles and kilometres ahead of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Even so, I couldn’t help but get bored by it all. Or is the better word overwhelmed? There […]


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