Thursday, 2 February 2012
MONA - Tasmania's subversive 'Disneyland'
A particular mode of pleasure and thought, a subversive 'Disneyland' of old and new art displayed with intent, you'll find it all at Tasmania's stunning MONA -Museum of old and New Art.
A visit here is a real experience, so don't even think of scheduling just a couple of hours or you'll walk away feeling disappointed when it's time to go, as I did.
Opened in January 2011, MONA was established by David Walsh to shock and offend as much as challenge, inform and delight. I wasn't offended, but was sometimes repulsed by some of the art which is very graphic. It's a cross section of everything he has enjoyed in other museums around the world and I would guess the envy of many museum curators around the world.
MONA sits of a 3.5 hectare peninsular which curves into the Derwent River, about 15 minutes north of central Hobart by car. You can also catch a fast catamaran from the MONA Ferry Terminal at Brooke Street Pier which would be a fabulous 45 minutes journey to the museum.
There are three subterranean museum levels cut into the Triassic sandstone of the river bank, about 17 metres down, all unseen from the top entrance.
MONA also incorporates two eateries - The Source, a fine dining restaurant and a bistro - and is also the home of Moo Brew beer which you can taste on site. You can taste wines at the Cellar Door or go on a Beer Tour and tasting from 4 to 5 pm on Friday evenings (You'll need to book).
Given a wish list, I would stay at the MONA Pavillions and drink in the atmosphere over a couple of days. It could be an extraordinary visit.
Here's how I saw MONA
And another art work 'clip'
Disclaimer: Ed+bK travelled at a guest of Tourism Tasmania.