Now here is a museum I wouldn’t be the most exited to go, but just might have a look out of curiosity. David Walsh, the mathematician, professional gambler, vineyard and brewery owner, has a very twisted idea for the museum that he is opening in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart. Infact it seems he is intentionally breaking all the conventional mould for this one. Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) has been called by its owner as an “unmuseum” and a “subversive Disneyland”.
The museum has been created to shock your senses in every way. First of all the location itself is pretty odd, as it is underground, and doesn’t really have a grand entrance. Each room is unique and the area is almost like a labyrinth, in which people can easily get lost. But that is the point say Walsh, as he wants the visitors to surrender to the experience.
The art displayed here covers three areas: The art from antiquity includes Egyptian mummies, ten Roman mosaics, Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets and thousands of Greek coins; the other section is of Australian modernists such as Sidney Nolan, Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd and John Perceval; and lastly the international contemporary art section. If things go well, people will be able to visit this museum for free from January next year.