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Michael Stevenson at the MCA

Chartwell are proud to be supporting the first major survey exhibition of Michael Stevenson, which opened on Tuesday 5th at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, installation and film works from Stevenson's diverse practice, covering a wide period from the 1980s to the present. MCA have created a blog to accompany the exhibition, which has details on the works included, events, and an essay by anthropologist Michael Taussig. Now Berlin-based but New Zealand born, Stevenson represented NZ in the 2003 Venice Biennale, and a number of his works are part of the Chartwell Collection - view them here >

"Stevenson’s work re-tells recent histories using allegory: a story which is told symbolically, in and amongst historical fact. His work—paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and film—utilises narrative forms that transform truth and fable. It engages with absurdities that arise when universal ideas relating often to culture or economics take hold in insular, or regional, situations and seem to be both radical and perplexing. Stevenson’s practice constantly reveals the fascinating and complex relationship between notions of the specific, or the personal, and the universal.


In planning his MCA exhibition, Stevenson considered the installation as a new artwork, articulated across two levels of galleries. At times the space is challenging and confusing: the walls have been altered in parts to reveal the inner workings and skeleton of the MCA. Entryways, hidden until now, are used to reveal works coexisting in unlikely and symbolic arrangement. Included is a room dedicated to studies, sketches, technical drawings, models, photographs and objects all accumulated in the making of the artist’s work."

MCA - Michael Stevenson >

You can listen to a talk between Stevenson and Natasha Conland, Curator of Contemporary Art at Auckland Art Gallery, on MCA's website here (1:24:04).


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