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David Walsh’s unusual exhibition at the Museum
of Old and New Art is an exploration of sex and death
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart is extraordinary.
The scale, the ambitio n an d the co ncept of the project, n ot to mention
David Walsh ’s collection of art work, are breathtaking. Opened in late
Jan ua ry, it’s a welco me addition to the Austra lia n ar ts scen e.
The mu seu m’s building by Non da Katsalidis revea ls itself slowly,
the elements of the co nstruc tio n a cen tral compon en t of the design ,
with everything expo sed and left to stan d o n its own terms. Origina lly
refu sed permissio n to demolish two existing buildings design ed by
a rchitect Roy Grou n ds, Katsalidis’ bold co n cept was to dig u nder them
a nd link them with an elabo rate u ndergro u nd stru ctu re that presen ts a
for tress-style wall of con crete and rusting steel to appro aching visitors.
The interior resembles a kind of labyrinth where there are no clear
ins tr uctions for nav igation, though intuitively you see m to know whe re to
go and how to get around. This is David Walsh’s private collection and
his personal museum, so he doesn’t pull any punches. The themes he
e xplores a re sex and de ath, and the firs t exhibition, Monanism, introduces
What’s happening on the arts scene
locally and nationally this autumn
WORDS Ted Snel l
A panorama of the Museum of Old and New Art
in Hobart, home to a truly eclectic mix of artworks.
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