The iconic art museum of our Country sits in Tasmania, MONA – Museum of Old and New Art. I travelled here last month with my close girlfriend, Kylie who pitched the marvellous idea of taking off in the wee hours of the morning and returning home to tuck the kids to bed. No right person can resist this temptation and what we found, was a whole lot of fun and seeing art exhibited in a brand new way.
So, what did I think of MONA? It is tongue in cheek, founder, David Walsh self-described it as “subversive adult Disneyland” which has lured 1.25 million people from around the world in it’s first four years. Next to his carpark is a car space reserved for “THE MISTRESS” in large unmistakable text.
MONA is edgy as it is dark, as it is eye opening.
You are taken on an amusing and highly entertaining journey from the airport via the bright pink and black MONA coach or ferry, or rather a HUGE camouflage catamaran. Statues of sheep sit at the back with the passengers who’ve paid the standard seat. Those who opt for alcohol and canapés privilege are seated in the aptly named “Posh Pit.”
You are instantly impressed and taken on a “ride” so to speak.
You are welcomed with steel, concrete, grape vines and led down to the dark depths of the underground, you start from the bottom, travelling by a circular elevator three floors down, stone walls and instantly, I felt lost, unstable. There are no labels accompanying the art. You are led by an ipod, everyone glued to an electronic device touring through numerous black walls of vaginas, video art, a red fat car and many more exhibits all under the evolving exhibition titled, “MONANISM”. The intriguing and most talked about exhibit was the one that produced shit, yes, real bonafide shit, titled Cloaca Professional. It was fed lunch that we would eat at any given day, smoked salmon bagels, crossaint, salad and water at 11am and it shits at 2pm. Why? Well because we all buy crap and so in front of us the artist produces this. Sounds accurate. It stinks and thank god Kylie had her vicks inhaler. There are so many fascinating insights to this art museum, it is not easy to digest in more ways than one.
We enjoyed this journey, it is impressive, but I must say, I felt this whole time as though I was being taken for a ride and that David Walsh was sitting mighty high and fine, amusing himself with our intrigue. Well done to him because MONA definitely takes you on that journey of art discovery which we all deserve to experience at least once in our lives and then go home to analyse, dissect and sometimes there are just no answers, just more questions. x