PUTTING THE ART INTO HOBART

Our favourite was the first thing we saw.

Our favourite piece was the first work we saw.

My Scottish Presbyterian forefathers were sure no good could ever come of money not earned by hard work combined with thrift. David Walsh has proved them wrong.

His professional gambling earned him a fortune. He somehow managed to avoid paying the $37million the Australian Tax Office claimed he owed them and used it to buy art instead.

In 2011 he generously opened his collection to the public in MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, an extraordinary new gallery which has rapidly become Tasmania’s premier tourist attraction.

The mirrored entrance creates immediate excitement. For some.

The mirrored entrance creates immediate excitement. For some.

I don't understand the significance of the full size tennis court outside the entrance - though it's obvious that a lot of winners hit to the south would result in lost balls. Does this say something about the futile cost of human athletic endeavour?

I don’t understand the significance of the full size tennis court outside the entrance – though it’s obvious that a lot of winners hit to the south would result in lost balls as they headed out towards the Derwent River. Does this say something about the futile cost of human athletic endeavour?

Once inside MONA, visitors are encouraged to take the lift or the stairs down three floors to the bowels of the dimly-lit building.

A disorienting series of  Escher-like staircases.

A disorienting series of Escher-like staircases.

The great hall featuring 'Snake' (1970-72) by Sydney Nolan.

The great hall featuring ‘Snake’
(1970-72) by Sydney Nolan.

We liked this too.

We liked this too.

Mevrouw T felt like a sit down. Fortunately her dress matched the decor. She's a work of art herself.

Mevrouw T felt like a sit down. Fortunately her dress matched the decor. She’s a work of art herself.

As we worked our way towards the surface we were able to look down on those still mystified below.

As we worked our way towards the surface we were able to look down on those still mystified below.

The corridors, carved out of the natural sandstone.

The corridors, carved out of the natural sandstone.

We weren't told who God was, but we're glad he has both a reserved parking spot and a sense of humour.

We weren’t told who God was, but we’re glad He has both a reserved parking spot and a sense of humour.

Wrong Way. Go Back.

Wrong Way. Go Back.

There was much work on display that had us thinking ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’, but all in all, we’re really pleased we went. It’s wonderful to see art of any sort pulling such a crowd.

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8 responses to “PUTTING THE ART INTO HOBART

  1. As a side note. We love the cycle from Hobart to Mona on dedicated cycleway! And the coffee is good for Tassie!

  2. We’ve now been three times and we’ll go again. So nice to be challenged although I had trouble understanding much of the River of Fundament. Love the red car, the snake, the singers in the room and so much more.

  3. How would Sgt. Schultz say it “…very interesting”.

  4. Some day, I will update my avatar. And the rest of our blog…

  5. Wonderful destination in Hobart. Inspiring to all those who appreciate art and those who haven’t yet appreciated art. Great interactive space too. We loved it and we had two teens exploring everywhere.
    Regards Peet

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