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Saturday 26 December 2020

MONA throws open its doors with a whole new vibe


Tasmania's biggest tourism attraction re-opened this morning after being closed for nine months due to Covid-19 restrictions.

MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart's northern suburbs, unveiled a major revamp of its semi-subterranean galleries and two new outdoor works of art.

Over 350 highlights (and lowlights) from David Walsh’s extensive personal collection are on display. 

The gallery spaces have been transformed to showcase his treasure trove of ancient, modern and contemporary art, with hidden gems that have never been shown at MONA before. 

Newly opened is House of Mirrors, an art installation composed of a labyrinth of seemingly endless mirrors. Created by Australian artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, it is the world’s largest travelling mirror maze.

Visitors can also view, and climb on, a giant bronze sculpture by American artist Tom Otterness. Doubling as a children’s playground, Girls Rule is over seven metres high and features two figures with slides for limbs.

Nicole Durling, MONA director of exhibitions and collections says: ‘We have taken the opportunity across the past nine months to think about what makes MONA unique, and simply it’s David Walsh’s home. 

"This is what we have focused on for the rehang of the museum. All of David’s interests are gathered together, and in a way it reveals his identity. It’s like a portrait of David."

MONA is currently open for four days a week; from Fridays to Mondays, 10am-6pm.

All visitors must have a pre-booked ticket. MONA offers site-only or full museum entry tickets. Although entry remains free for locals, all Tasmanians are required to pay a deposit, which can be refunded following a visit.

Visitors are required to download MONA's app (The O), which will become their digital guide to the museum and grounds - and to bring headphones to access additional audio content. The O, developed by Art Processors, is now available on iOS and Android.

The MONA ferry has resumed its service from Brooke Street Pier to the museum—tickets are $15 until the end of January. The MONA Pavilions are also available to book for overnight stays Thursday through Sunday.

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