Primavera is the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s annual exhibition dedicated to showcasing the work of young Australian artists.
Primavera at 25: MCA Collection celebrated twenty-five years of the Primavera exhibition (1992 - 2017). Taking this significant milestone as a departure point, Primavera at 25 brought together works from the MCA Collection by 19 artists and artist groups, who had previously exhibited in Primavera, that explored ideas of transformation, time and history.
Some artworks – by Nell, Rebecca Baumann, Gemma Smith and Ross Manning – appeared to transform in front of our eyes, shape shifting to create new forms.
Time was explored by Tim Silver and Emma White in works that record time, mark set intervals or deliberately age; whilst Sangeeta Sandrasegar drew upon personal and shared memories.
Danie Mellor, Pedro Wonaeamirri and Constanze Zikos considered our relationship to the past by their use of classical motifs and forms, reflected on our cultural histories or reinterpreted traditional designs using contemporary materials. The collective known as Barbara Cleveland performed historic works which reinterpreted them for contemporary audiences.