Tasmania Part One – MONA

8 thoughts on “Tasmania Part One – MONA”

  1. Lovely post and great pics! Isn’t it fun, catching the ferry there, drinking some bubbles or a beer while sitting on a sheep’s back? The experience really is immersive. Like, you, I found it a totally new, and wonderful, way to experience and engage with art. (Our daughter’s voice is captured inside Patrick’s Hall’s work at MONA, saying ‘I love you’ along with about 50 other voices-mesmerising. ‘When my heart Stops Beating’) I also love the large, strobe-filled head!

    1. Thanks George, I reckon you and Nick would love it, but might be a bit far to go in limited time when you come over later this year.

  2. What a great commentary on your visit. I have always longed to visit Tasmania, and MONA. You further whet my appetite with your post. How amazing that it is free for Tasmanians to visit!

  3. You can’t forget to wonder just what makes art art when you visit Mona! I loved the outside entrance as well . . . . but I don’t think that was thought of as art.
    ; )

  4. Looks like a well curated (if such a phrase exists) of art. I often struggle with modern pieces – always have, but in the right setting, their appeal is clear.

    1. You’re right in that it was all about the setting. I think it’s because David Walsh has been able to realise his vision without any outside pressure from government funding, board members, or whatever else. Every artwork is presented with the whole experience in mind, not just visual. I think the artist’s true intent is translated to the viewer. I’m a bit the same with some modern artwork. Sometimes it seems a bit of an ’emperor’s new clothes’ situation where people say they like something because everyone else seems to. This was a completely different experience. I had strong emotional responses to a lot of the work, and felt as if I’d really had my eyes opened wide. There were many ancient and classic works alongside the modern, curated and displayed to play against and compliment one another which was also fascinating.

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