David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania, designed by famed Melbourne architects Fender Katsalidis, somehow seems to channel a fictional James Bond-style location! The stylish MONA Ferry takes gallery visitors across the Derwent River – a 40 minute boat ride, and the best way to view the building in all its glory! All photos and captions – Jacque Koutoumas.
Top image – The lawns between the gallery and Moorilla winery and Moo Brewery. You can relax on super comfy oversized Mojo bean bags overlooking the river and mountains whilst sipping a wine. Or choose to have some tapas as a break before going back for more at the gallery. Bottom image – gallery entrance. All photos and captions – Jacque Koutoumas.
Top Image – uniquely displayed artworks on Level 3. Bottom image – When My Heart Stops Beating by Patrick Hall (Manipulated vinyl records, electric motors, LED and incandescent lights, MP3 players, acrylic sheet, glass, aluminium, two parts. All photos and captions – Jacque Koutoumas.
OK so if ONE MORE PERSON asks me if I’ve been to MONA yet, I may strangle them. :) Of course I am DYING to go and check out David Walsh’s already infamous ‘Museum of Old and New Art’ in Tasmania, (hopefully next month!), but it seems most neglectful not to blog it in some capacity whilst it’s still super fresh! LUCKILY we have this first-hand account from Melbourne art fiend Jacque Koutoumas! Jacque works with my Mum in advertising-land, and attended the MONA openng 2 weeks ago. She is very excited to share her little review here on TDF!
Frankly I am AMAZED at Jacque’s innate blogging skills… I may have to call in her services a little more often!
Over to Jacque –
I don’t even know where to begin except to say I am now David Walsh’s biggest fan! I was lucky enough to visit the brand new MONA gallery last weekend and the special trip to Tassie was well and truly worth it. After taking the glamorous MONA ferry ($15 return – cheap!), the gallery itself sits elegantly in the side of the mountain.
Three levels of underground magnificence awaited us. You are given an iPod and schmick headphones upon arrival (with the signature xand + embossed – it’s the little touches that impress). Special software and GPS has the iPod telling you about the works of art in your immediate surroundings. You can then email your itinerary to yourself, and view it again at home through The O portal (on the MONA website) whenever you like.
Perfectly curated, you never feel overwhelmed, and five hours passed by in what felt like seconds. Spread over three floors the space lends itself not only to traditional hanging pieces, but allows the installation art to truly shine. The gallery staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the no nonsense approach of DW comes through in many aspects of the gallery, making any viewer (no matter their art experience) feel at ease. Aside from the gallery, the grounds themselves are so inviting, with giant beanbags begging to be lounged upon on the expansive lawn whilst enjoying a vino in the sunshine!
With two more rumoured DW galleries on the horizon, Tasmania is on the cusp of stealing the avant garde art capital of Australia title!
Huge thanks to Jacque for this fabulous round-up… I am now seriously itching to get across the Tasman!