Monanism + The Exhibition
A spiral staircase (or the lift) takes you beneath the Courtyard House entrance and through the rock face. Three subterranean levels have been cut into the Triassic sandstone of the river bank. It is not until you reach the ground level that you sense how far you have travelled: about 17 metres (56 feet) "underground".
The interior is no neutral "white cube" and is designed to encourage visitors to lose themselves in the slow reveal of the galleries. Recycled, lanolin-soaked Jarrah timber floors from a former West Australian wool storage shed feature along with a massive three-storey high M.C. Escher-like Corten stairway, creating an additional way to explore each level.
The concrete waffle design used externally is repeated in many of the gallery ceiling spaces to highlight the scale and varying structural levels. "We are forcing that scale down your throat," says David Walsh - the owner.
The building was designed around specific art pieces and is one of the few museums in the world to have a water covered gallery floor, a waterfall installation, a crimson velvet-lined gallery with gilded walls, two bars, and facilities to handle effluent from an art piece.
Inside Monanism the exhibition includes about 460 pieces representing David Walsh’s favourite works; the ones that represent him and present him to the world for its interest, outrage or indifference.
Expect to see ancient coins, Egyptian, Roman, Greek, African and some pre-Columbian artefacts, curiosities, and contemporary works including a number of the YBAs (Young British Artists).
The oldest piece dates back to 4000-3500 BCE and many works were commissioned especially for Monanism.
David hopes to shock and offend, as well as challenge, inform and entertain. In his own estimation his collecting is obsessive. At MONA, he has the luxury of creating his ideal amalgam of everything he enjoys most in other museums he has visited around the world: a cross section of art that is driven by polemics as much as aesthetics.
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There are a number of areas within MONA that provide the ultimate space for either a conference or function with impact. Arriving by road or by water guests will be awed by the incredible food and wine, impressive spaces and stunning views provided by MONA.
MONA sits on a 3.5 hectare (8 acre) peninsular curving into the Derwent River, 15 minutes/12 kilometres north of central Hobart by car, 45 minutes by fast catamaran from the MONA Ferry Terminal at Brooke Street Pier, Hobart.
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