Nicholas Mangan A World Undone

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
5 April –
30 June 2024

‘Nicholas Mangan: A World Undone’ celebrates the evolution of the artist’s expanded sculptural practice across two decades.

This mid-career survey brings together eight of the artist’s expanded sculptural works, beginning with ‘Nauru – Notes from a Cretaceous World’ (2009–10) and culminating with his latest project, ‘Core-Coralations’ (2021–ongoing), inspired by the perilous fragility of the Great Barrier Reef.

Other highlights include ‘Ancient Lights’ (2015), a video that considers our connection to the sun, powered by an off-grid solar array on the MCA roof; ‘Limits to Growth’ (2016–21), which compares Bitcoin with Rai, an ancient form of stone money from the Pacific island of Yap; and ‘Termite Economies’ (2018–2020), a series of sculptures that evoke non-human labour and social organisation.
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of public programs and a major new monograph co-published by the MCA and Lenz Press, Milan.

The exhibition is curated by Anneke Jaspers and Anna Davis, with exhibition design by Ying-Lan Dann