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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
September 9 - November 12, 2006
Sydney, Australia

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
presents:
Juan Davila
A major exhibition

Paintings, installations and works on paper from 1974-2006.
A monograph on Davila's work will be published to accompany the exhibition.

Juan Davila is one of the most innovative and influential painters to have worked in Australia over the past thirty years. Arriving in Australia from Chile in 1974, his consistent interrogation of cultural, sexual and social identities has resulted in a rich, complex and provocative body of work.

A firm believer in the political role of the artist, Davila’s paintings have critiqued directly the Australian political system, the cultural aspects of late capitalism, the structures of the art world and the hegemony of Western art history, the representation of sexuality, and more recently, the treatment of refugees in Australian detention centres.

Juan Davila has shown widely throughout Australia and internationally. This is the first major solo museum exhibition to feature work from the full span of Davila’s career. It will feature paintings, installations and works on paper, including Chilean works rarely seen in Australia, the artist's epic murals of the 1980s and 1990s, and new work produced for the MCA exhibition.

The exhibition will travel to the National Gallery of Victoria in 2006 - 2007, and is accompanied by a major publication, co-published by the MCA and Melbourne University Publishing, featuring commissioned essays by Professor Roger Benjamin and Guy Brett as well as selected texts by the artist.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Gallery Hours:
10 AM - 5 PM Daily (closed Christmas Day)
140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney, Australia Map (pdf) +612.9245.2400
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Website

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