Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Reopening Party 2012 photos and story; MiSociety – 28 March 2012
Sydney becomes a lot more Contemporary in 24 hours
Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art treated itself to a Day of celebrations for the opening of its new $53 million extension to the building.
The official opening ceremony of the redeveloped Museum of Contemporary Art at midday featured speeches from the Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean and the NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell. Both Ministers are showing a willingness to take the support of the Arts seriously and are seriously supporting the Arts.
Simon Mordant, Chairman of the MCA, with his wife Catriona are the Museum’s major private benefactors with Simon quoting his now famous quip that “he hoped his last cheque would bounce” making news (it will likely be the one he gives me – lol). Simon joined with Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore in the praise heaped on the MCA’s Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor for her vision and endless tenacity in ensuring the redevelopment was achieved.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, later in the day, had its new doors thrown open for the huge reopening party for invited guests who included artists, Museum benefactors, supporters and VIP’s, to celebrate the launch of the new building that expands the footprint of the MCA by 50%.
MiSociety couldn’t help but note the enthusiasm of the MCA staff as they warmly welcomed guests to the various areas of the new structure. Also noticeable was the ‘wow’ expressions that crossed the faces of many guests as they entered the newly created spaces. Trivia question – when was the last time there was such a buzz in Sydney around the opening of a new building?
MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor stated in her evening speech “what was important about the final realisation of the expansion of Sydney’s MCA was that it proved that the Museum mattered to the State of New South Wales, to the Federal Government and to the Nation”.
Elizabeth Ann also heralded as part of the now current exhibitions the Southern Hemisphere premiere of Christian Marclay’s groundbreaking 24-hour video work, The Clock, which has attracted record crowds wherever it has been shown. The MCA will stay open for the upcoming ten Thursdays for 24 hours to allow visitors to view the work and to also take advantage of the rooftop MCA Cafe with its stunning Hany Armanious marble sculpture’ Fountain’.
With those messages delivered , Elizabeth Ann joined the action on the dance floor with the partying crowd to wind down on what was a special day for the Arts in Sydney.
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MCA Official Reopening Ceremony photos
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