Once the administration offices of the Maritime Services Board, this waterside museum was overhauled head to toe (well, almost) in 2011 and re-opened in March 2012 with light, airy, uncluttered interiors, more floor space and a boxy new facade. It's not just good looks, either: the rooftop café and sculpture terrace, high-tech education centre, and 120-seat lecture theatrette and forecourt are all worth checking out.
And the original sandstone heart is still there. “We wanted to keep the old building but provide something next to it that says immediately that this is a contemporary building,” says MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE.
Inside, the galleries themselves are clean, logical and open – with long vistas to entice and draw you in further. While the design of the exterior is about drawing attention, the opposite is the case for the interior. “The most important thing is the art,” says architect Sam Marshall. “In the perfect gallery there would be no architecture visible. For most of the MCA’s exhibitions they install walls, change colours and put different surfaces in. That requires a really simple space with a really simple circulation system.”
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What will the future look like – more importantly perhaps, feel like – for humans? This collaborative exhibition by the MCA and Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, titled after and inspired by William Gibson’s cyberpunk saga Neuromancer,...Digital and interactive Until Sunday September 4 2016 FreeRead more
Forget everything you think you know about narrative and telling a story: the artists in this exhibition, curated by MCA's Rachel Kent, push the idea of narrative to its limits, and tell their stories in mediums as unexpected as fog, puppetry and German...Until Sunday October 9 2016 FreeRead more
Opera-curious punters should head to the MCA this winter for the chance to experience Lee Mingwei's internationally-acclaimed performance work Sonic Blossom: a live one-on-one performance in which a classically-trained opera singer performs one of five...Classical and opera Thursday July 28 2016 - Sunday October 9 2016 FreeRead more
Lights on Later
Put the art back into party on Thursday nights with Lights on Later at the MCA: extended hours, and a program of live music on the terrace, discussions, performances, talks and workshops, to complement the exhibitions. The indoor-outdoor MCA Cafe, on...Digital and interactive Thursday July 28 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016 FreeRead more
The Museum of Contemporary Art's monthly party series is curated by a different artist or collective each edition, and features art, performance and design – with killer views, party tunes and hands-on activities with artists. Since Artbar kicked off...Digital and interactive Friday July 29 2016 - Saturday November 26 2016Read more
Sunday Family Fun Day
Celebrate art and exchange ideas with artists and fellow art-loving families in these creative, hands-on sessions. Inspired by seasonal MCA exhibitions, you’ll have the option to tour the artworks and to create artworks of your own.Sunday August 28 2016 - Sunday November 27 2016Read more