Sunday, 11 December 2016

All change: a new look for MONA for the summer season

It is all change at MONA where owner David Walsh considers On the Origin of Art to be the most ambitious exhibition staged in his spectacular space on the banks of the River Derwent in Hobart.

“This one exhibition continues out from how I see the world, it rarefies how I see the world … that’s why I built the gallery — to essentially be an anti-museum and to look at art a little bit differently,” he told The Australian newspaper.

The six-month exhibition, which opened in November and will run until April 17, 2017, is actually four exhibitions by four guest curators.

It features more than 234 objects sourced from MONA’s collection as well as from other Australian galleries, private collections and 58 institutions around the world.

More items have been borrowed for this show than for all MONA's previous exhibitions put together.

Linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, evolutionary neurobiologist Mark Changizi, evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller and Professor of Literature Brian Boyd are the curators.

Throw in summer markets, jazz concerts, winery and brewery tours and the Don't Waste New Year's Day Party on January 1 and MONA is certainly a must for anyone visiting Hobart this summer. 

Off-site, meanwhile, the MONA FOMA festival runs from January 18-22 at various locations in Hobart. See

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