|Ferry with sheep|
Ferries and buses take visitors from Hobart. I took the half hour ferry ride and was pleased I had. I was also pleased I had not read much about it as the many surprises, including the building itself, made my visit memorable. I will not spoil the surprise for those reading this who have not visited, but I can talk about some of the exhibits, not all of which are permanent.
Mona thumbs its nose at everything: the art establishment especially, but everything else as well, including the creator of this gallery. I didn't notice on my way there, but as the ferry arrived for the return journey to Hobart I could see the group of sheep on the back deck. They looked at us as we looked at them. These quirky, amusing and sometimes in-your-face moments are what Mona is all about.
|Golden vase ... |
and reflection of me listening to
information via Mona device
Each visitor is given a phone-like device which
automatically calls up prerecorded information about the art works near that visitor. You can have the information about the works that interest you emailed to you. (The battery of my device died, so I lost my information - thus few of the images here are captioned.)
|Henry Moore head|
Interestingly two of the curators answered the same way, although with different exhibits. I didn't agree with their premise though, that art is all about survival of the species.
|Fat red car|
As I sat waiting for the ferry, I realised there was an art video playing right in front of me:
My Mona Video