Mona - Hobart

Thu 15 Mar 2012
Contemplation of art is not something that I am known for but the iconic Mona (Museum of Old and New Art ) is a brain buster of artistic proportion.

From the bottom of a three story hole in a sandstone penisula on the Derwent the $55M excavation is a "well" containing around $100m in modern and ancient art.

Egyptian pieces seem initially out of place but senses reason that they are an essential base line and anchor point for the lofty heights that visitors are taken on to the pointy end of modern art.

Visual media, light bulbs showing heart beats, walls of "I love you" are just the beginning as laser cut sculptures stand guard over the extremes. In the one exhibit from Belgium artist Wim Delvoye showcases pig hides tattooed  with Osama, Luios Vitton and more ... and then tanned after slaughter, hotel stationery with ass prints in lipstick and the piece de resistance, a range of machines that simulate the human digestion system to faithfully produce shit!

It's only an hour later that the olfactory response has subsided while watching candid interview and doco of Wim that you realise the essence of his art, or at least for ones self - the sharpness of his talent and the shitting machines is parody of the human conditon - for all our efforts, thoughts, and noble-ease at the top of the food chain WE are just shit machines !

Every single $ of the 20 buck entrance is worth it, making Mona an essential experience to the Tasmania visit, if not top 5 in Australian experiences for the "thoughtful".

My brain now has extra wiring and a new appreciation for the work of artists new and old. Success I think you would call that for Mona and its creators.

John Nayler

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