Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney
October 02, 2020 – February 28, 2021
The exhibition titled “Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop“, brings together over 70 works from across four decades of the artist’s practice. It is the most comprehensive survey exhibition of the artist’s work to date with significant loans from public and private collections, as well as rarely seen works from the artist’s personal collection. The exhibition begins with Lee’s early photocopy works and wax paintings moving through to recent large-scale installations and sculptures.
Three new major commissions will be presented as part of the MCA Australia’s major survey exhibition: ”Moonlight Deities”, a large-scale immersive artwork comprising of multiple suspended paper sculptures that cast dramatic shadows across the gallery walls; ”Secret World of a Starlight Ember”, is a public sculpture situated on the MCA Australia forecourt at Circular Quay, inspired by the cosmos and covered in thousands of tiny holes the polished steel sculpture is internally illuminated at night creating its own constellation; and ”Buddhas and Matriarchs” and ”Strange Condensations”, are two installations comprising of over 190 sculptures individually created by the artist by hand-pouring molten bronze.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres, said: “ The NSW Government is delighted to be supporting ”Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop” through our tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. We expect this exhibition will attract thousands of visitors who will have the opportunity to enjoy globally recognized Australian art, while also helping to rebuild Sydney’s visitor economy ”.
MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, said: “ The MCA Australia is renowned for showcasing Australia’s leading contemporary artists, as we developed our program in response to the coronavirus pandemic, we seized the opportunity to celebrate the work of Australian artists this Spring and Summer ”.
“I am delighted that the first exhibition the Museum has been able to generate since the lockdown is of the extraordinary artist Lindy Lee. One of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists, Lee’s influential practice draws on her Australian and Chinese heritage. Her work addresses important and timely issues regarding identity, cultural authenticity, as well as history and spirituality”.
“The MCA Australia is also delighted to present two exhibitions running concurrently with Lee’s survey. Several artists will be displayed highlighting the broad cross section of contemporary art produced across Australia. These exhibitions have been curated by our brilliant team of assistant curators and provide new ways of viewing the Museum’s Collection”, added Macgregor.
The exhibition responds to the social and economic upheaval of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It examines the heightening of pre-existing issues within the current crisis and the potential for change. The works in this exhibition address themes of domesticity, interiority and self-isolation, the transformation of urban landscapes and an eventual return to nature, place and community. Highlights include works by Dion Beasley, Hiromi Tango, Keg de Souza, Matthew Griffin, Nell and TV Moore.