The much anticipated and talked about MONA – The Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania is now open. It’s the brainchild of mathematical prodigy David Walsh, built on the banks of the Derwent River. A wonderland of the bizarre, a wet dream for art enthusiasts and now the largest private museum open to the public…..and it’s free!
It’s not just a museum either. MONA’s a winery, a micro-brewery (Moo), a restaurant and a music venue. For the complete experience you can catch the ferry to MONA and stay overnight at one of the luxury one and two-bedroom ‘Pavilions’. There’s workshops, exhibitions, gigs, and a great website to keep you up to date with all their events and exhibitions. http://mona.net.au
You can never have enough art galleries or museums and we are all so incredibly fortunate to have a visionary like David Walsh who has shared his passion for arts and antiquities, and in this case his extreme wealth, giving us a venue to pierce our experiences with the sensual, the decadent and the peculiar.
The multi-million dollar museum opened this week with an exhibition named ‘Monaism’ with over 400 works from Walsh’s eccentric collection. Works ranging from the exotic to the macabre, ancient Egyptian burial pieces placed alongside contemporary installations.
Linda Smith posted a great review of the opening night which I think is a must read: http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/01/22/201941_tasmania-news.html