The Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will host three world-renowned artists next summer for the Sydney International Art Series 2023-24.
The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government has secured the works of internationally acclaimed artists Tacita Dean, Louise Bourgeois and Wassily Kandinsky exclusively for Sydney.
Minister for the Arts and Tourism Ben Franklin said the three landmark exhibitions were a major coup for Sydney.
“These are three of the biggest names in the art world and I am thrilled we will have them exclusively in Sydney,” Mr Franklin said.
“Securing these extraordinary, world-renowned artists for the Sydney International Art Series reaffirms Sydney as Australia’s cultural capital and a global hub for the arts, where art and creativity are celebrated and nurtured.
“It is estimated around 28,000 art lovers will visit Sydney to experience these incredible exhibitions, injecting more than $21 million of visitor expenditure into the NSW economy.
“Bringing the best international art to Sydney and delivering world-class cultural experiences is a key pillar of our commitment to make Sydney and NSW the major events capital and premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.”
The Art Gallery of NSW will feature the largest exhibition of artist Louise Bourgeois ever displayed in Australia and an exhibition comprehensively spanning the work of Wassily Kandinsky. This project is also proudly supported by the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s Blockbusters Funding initiative.
Art Gallery of NSW Director Dr Michael Brand: “With an expansion that has doubled our exhibition space we can now present major exhibitions in new and innovative ways. Louise Bourgeois: Has the Day Invaded the Night, or Has the Night Invaded the Day? will make history as the first monographic exhibition to be presented in the Art Gallery’s new SANAA-designed building.
“Spanning seven decades, the exhibition is an unprecedented presentation of the French-American artist’s practice featuring more than 150 works that will inhabit not one but two major spaces: the crisp, white rooms of our major exhibition gallery, and the atmospheric Tank. Here is an extraordinary opportunity to dramatise the tensions, the contradictions, the powerful psychological oppositions, that drove Bourgeois’s art and formed its content.”
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will showcase an in-depth presentation by acclaimed artist Tacita Dean, which will premiere works never before seen in the Southern Hemisphere.
Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Suzanne Cotter said: “Tacita Dean is undoubtedly one of today’s greatest living artists and truly an artist of our time. We are delighted to be presenting this major exhibition of her powerful and deeply human work to a broad audience in Australia.”
The Sydney International Art Series is an initiative of the NSW Government through Destination NSW, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, to bring the world’s most outstanding international artists and their works exclusively to Sydney.
For more information on the 2023-24 series visit artgallery.nsw.gov.au and mca.com.au