May 10, 2011
Something we sorely lack is some written content on the blog, I'm always teasing myself with ideas and subjects that could be added but never quite get them down...
Recently (2 days ago) I visited the MONA in Hobart, Museum of Old and New Art - such a great name for starters. It's hard to think where to start to describe this place, firstly there is the picturesque city of Hobart the subject of terribly unprofound stereotypes however one that provides some amazing local produce come food aside some unbelievable sights and smells (the air on arrival is fresh, so fresh you notice it). Our trip to the MONA was on their ferry leaving from Salamanca, it's quick and well worth braving the cold weather/weather anytime of year. On arrival you're greeted with the site of a modern day fort - see picture above. The entry to the gallery is the original house that stood on the site before the gallery came, and was once home to the Moorilla vineyard that is now part of the MONA family. I'm going to abbreviate the next part because it truly has to be experienced. Enter gallery > received iPod with MONA application to explain (listen, read, facts, notes) about all the housed works > lunch at the Source (sadly the one let down of the trip, over done food serviced with too many words and not enough ingredients) > back to gallery to continue viewing > gift shop come amazing source library then retreat. I could easily have spent two days there, David Walsh (possible narcissistic lunatic) the owner has selected a collection that shocks and amazes as quickly as it demands questions and provokes the imagination. The lasting impression is that the MONA made me happy, as a package it is amazing add to this an onsite brewery Moo Brew, Winery Moorilla, amazingly knowledgeable staff that are generally an attractive lot (and please note my past comment 'subject of terribly unprofound stereotypes') , some amazing accommodation at The Pavilions, and the addition of the MONA library accessed through a tunnel groaning with heart beats amplified and you have yourself a choice spot(and I only got to test part of the before mentioned). Thank you MONA I'll definitely be back soon and maybe now I can finish some of those written posts for the blog (Huw).
Visit MONA here.
Posted by Felix, Huw and Arran at 6:57 PM
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