The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney Announces 2010 Exhibition Program as Record Attendance Continues

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) has unveiled a dynamic 2010 exhibition program including an extensive contribution to the 17th Biennale of Sydney, as well as major solo exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists Sylvie Blocher and Runa Islam. 2010 also promises to feature survey exhibitions of work by widely respected Australasian artists, including Bardayal ‘Lofty’ Nadjamerrek—who was born in West Arnhem Land in 1926 and passed away last year—and Michael Stevenson—who was born in New Zealand and currently lives and works in Berlin.

The announcement of the 2010 exhibition program comes as the MCA continues to clock record visitor attendances. From January through December 2009, a total of 547, 935 people visited MCA exhibitions. This high attendance level has ensured that 2009 surpassed 2008 as the highest annual attendance figure in the Museum’s 19 year history.

MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor said: ‘The popularity of MCA exhibitions continues to grow. In 2009, attendance was particularly boosted by record numbers to two specific exhibitions. Visitors were especially drawn to the works of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, whose acclaimed exhibition runs at the MCA until April 2010. We hope this upward trend will continue in 2010, thanks to an exciting and diverse new exhibition and education program which I am certain will also attract large numbers throughout the year.’