Educating Australians on international contemporary art
Sitting in the art deco styled former Maritime Services building at Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia was founded on the purpose of educating Australians on international contemporary art.
International and Australian works
In addition to touring exhibitions of International and Australian contemporary art, the museum collection contains some 4,000 works by Australian artists. The collection is quite young, i.e. the museum was conceived in its current format in 1989 and opened in 1991. It covers, however, many areas including paintings, photography, sculpture, works on paper and the moving image.
The museum keeps up very active art education programs for schools, children and adults in keeping with its purpose.
The museum is the vision of an Australian, John Joseph Wardell Power, a doctor and a prolific artist who studied and lived in Europe before bequeathing over 1000 of his works and his estate to the University of Sydney. This became the core funding for what has become the Museum of Contemporary art.