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Vivienne Binns: On and through the Surface

Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
140 George Street , The Rocks NSW 2000
140 George St The Rocks

Tuesdays to Thursdays and Weekends, 10am to 5pm Fridays, 10am to 9pm Friday 22 July to Sunday 25 September

Vivienne Binns is an important figure in the history of Australian visual art. Binns rose to prominence in the 1960s with her psychedelic depictions of sexual imagery, which anticipated the feminist art movement. Since that time, she has continued to shape some of the most significant developments in Australian visual culture, both within and beyond the domain of the gallery. Binns’ outstanding contribution to Australian art was recognised in 2021 with an Australia Council Award for Visual Arts.

Vivienne Binns: On and through the Surface is the first retrospective of Binns’ multifaceted practice. A partnership between the MCA and Monash University Museum of Art, it brings together over 100 artworks spanning six decades alongside a rich selection of archival materials.

The exhibition charts the key periods, themes and methods in Binns’ work, from her early iconic depictions of the body to the socially transformative impact of her community projects, and the breadth of ideas that she has explored since returning to studio practice in the 1980s. Above all, it reflects Binns’ enduring interest in testing the possibilities of the painted surface.

Curated by Anneke Jaspers, Senior Curator, Collection, MCA and Hannah Mathews, Senior Curator, MUMA

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Updated 30 March 2022

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