The new wing of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) was opened/launched today. This is not a review, as such, because I have not walked it thoroughly yet, nor taken in ANY of its offerings. That will have to wait until Easter, I suspect. This post is more a view of its location.
I went to see the recent Picasso exhibition at that other place, you know, the one up the road that is not in competition with this gallery, nor this with that! And I did not like the Picasso on first sight. So I had to see it three times. I suspect this building will grow on me like that as well.
See that art-deco brown building sitting there pretending it hasn't just been gazumped? That is the original part of the MCA, to which the new wing is attached, sorta like a baby eagle in a nest, inelegantly. Certainly the George Street facade - which I have spared you - looks like an egg has been cracked on it. That art-deco building - originally housing the Maritime Services Board - was designed in the 1930s but was not completed until 1952. It replaced the convict era Commissariat which was unceremoniously demolished in 1937.
See the people up on that 4th floor outdoor area? Let's nip up there and see what THEY can see.