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Museum of Old and New Art

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by nickthetasmaniac, May 17, 2011.

  1. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    A little bit of context for this post... I'm from Tasmania, a small island state of Australia with a population of about c480,000. While Tassie has a fairly established and healthy arts scene, it's traditionally had limited financial investment and thus has focussed on niche 'craftsman' style work.

    In the last 12 months all this has changed. David Walsh is a Tasmanian, and quite literally a gambler. I don't know the details (I'm not sure anyone does) but he's an eccentric who made his money (a LOT of money) professionally gambling. He's also an art collector.

    Over the years (especially the last few) he has been developing an eclectic collection that is now the single largest private art collection in the Southern Hemisphere - ranging from ancient Egyptian coffins and Inca gold, through to contemporary pieces from Sidney Nolan, probably Australia's most famous artist. As a wild guess I'd value the property, building and collection at $500m... His 'open-chequebook' spending spree has completely changed the arts market in Aus and for the first time has shifted the emphasis form the State museums, to private collection.

    This collection is now housed for public view, for free, in a purpose built structure literally delved out of the side of a sandstone hill. It's a unique gallery because it has the financial power of an established museum, but its entirely free of the bureaucratic restrictions... Walsh literally does what he wants, which happens to include sticking a full Mack truck in the basement :/

    It's called the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Walsh calls it a 'subversive adult Disneyland', it's all about sex and death, and it's easily the best gallery I've visited, and I've been to the Tate Modern, MOMA and the Louvre...

    And the best thing - they don't care if you take photos (as long as you don't use a flash...) :D  All images handheld with the GH2 and Lumix 7-14














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  2. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Some very cool images there!
  3. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    Veeerrrryyyy nice series indeed.
    Unfortunately, Tasmania is a bit far away from Brussels .... :frown:

    C U,
  4. Man, it's like he's got his own Batcave down there. Very cool.
  5. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    To be honest the building is even more impressive than the collection! It's not often you get a site that impressive and a client that wants you to spend as much as possible...

    There's another display that I didn't photograph which is essentially a room that has been entirely flooded, and has a passage way of stepping stones throughout.
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