An exhibition renowned for catapulting emerging talent to the big-time, Primavera at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art reveals the future art-stars to put on your radar

The word Primavera literally translates to 'Spring' in Italian, a fitting title for an exhibition which celebrates Australia's next generation of game-changing artists.

With former exhibitors including bona fide art-star Shaun Gladwell, who exhibited at the 2009 Venice Biennale, and four-time Archibald Prize finalist Abdul Abdullah, it's fair to say Primavera is the ultimate exhibition for scouting the ones to watch.

Eight Australian artists aged 35 and under will exhibition their work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia for Primavera 2017, opening 23 August, including Jacobus Capone (WA), Adam John Cullen (VIC), Nicole Foreshew (NSW), Teelah George (WA), Laura Hindmarsh (TAS), Elena Papanikolakis (NSW), Tom Polo (NSW) and Kynan Tan (WA/NSW).

For the 26th edition of Primavera, guest curator Sophia Kouyoumdjian will work with artists to explore the theme of 'Ancient Futures', considering philosophical and existential questions around the universe and mortality, looking both to the past and the future to investigate what it means to be human.  The artists will exhibit a range of large scale 2D and 3D installations on Australia's grandest art stage, including film, textiles, painting, 3D simulations and photography. 

Curator, Sophia Kouyoumdjian said, "At the core of every engaging piece of contemporary art is an intriguing idea that questions our existence and the nature of the human condition. That's the kind of thing that draws me to working with artists."

"Exhibited works will address and interrogate natural and human-made archives, from the physical to the digital; of mining the earth to mining of data, thought and processes; of the capturing of history as well as its making; and how the archaeological and the act of erasure can reveal fundamental notions of the human condition."

Primavera was initiated in 1992 by Dr Edward Jackson AM, Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM and their family in memory of their daughter and sister Belinda, a talented jeweller who died at the age of 29.

Primavera 2017: Young Australian Artists, will run from 23 August until 19 November at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney.

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