MONA and other things

Well this week has started with a bang, and add the weekend in to that as well.

First came the letter about where I will have my stall at Deloraine for the Tasmanian Craft Fair in November – I’ll be number 775 in Furmage Pavilion at the Deloraine Show Grounds, the first stall inside the first building when you get off the shuttle bus.

Then came the confirmation letter that I’ve been accepted into the Kingston Beach Handmade Market, and I’ll be there for the Christmas market on 9 December ūüôā

The Middleton Country Fair 2013 (I still think of it as the Middleton Expo, which it was for years) sent out their application forms today Рmarket day 2 February 2013.

And I’m back to the Snug Market next Sunday 30 September.

And the last of a number of books I have had pre-ordered for some months turned up today – Vibrant Quilt Collage, by Bethan Ash.

Vibrant Quilt Collage book

On the weekend, we decided it was time we went out to Berriedale to see MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art).  The Museum has been open for nearly 2 years and we had not got around to going.  Entry is free to Tasmanian residents, visitors from out of the state have to pay, $20 I think.

This museum is a “you either love it or hate it” place.¬† The collections inside are quite controversial, some very confronting and shocking, but you still can’t take your eyes off whatever is making you look at it. (Does that make sense, hard to explain exactly what I mean)

It is amazing, on the outside, it looks like a lot of rusty iron walls and concrete stairs as you approach it.

Rooftop approach

Then turn the other way and head for the entrance Рthis amazing piece of art changes its shape with each step you take towards it, is actually a  distorted reflection of the view behind you.

Distorted reflection wall entrance to MONA

But once inside, greetings and tickets over, you find yourself heading underground either in a glass lift or by a stairway winding around it to the basement three storeys down, and you make your way back to the top through the various galleries and levels.¬† All the walls are painted black, and with the low lighting, it is very easy to get disoriented or lost. ¬† DH and I lost each other after only 10 minutes … and at lunch time, we had to send each other text messages to find each other.¬† One of the many security guards there told us it happens all the time, they are often called on to help re-unite families.

The place is so huge, you cannot take it all in in one day, you have to go back several times, and still see things you missed last time.

There is a lot of way-out art as well as the more traditional style of historic collections, some designed to shock you, some you might wonder how it can be described as art ….

Aside from the controversial collections, it is very worthwhile visiting.

The very famous Snake by Sidney Nolan.  It is so big, so many panels go to make up the whole, that this is the first time it has been hung in its entirety, the room being specially built to house it.

Sidney Nolan’s Snake

This is one collection I was fascinated with, a very large room with the walls completely covered with mats and rugs made of bark and other plant materials, from various islands and countries around the Pacific Ocean.

Egyptian mummy-sarcophagus in room of Oceania-Pacific Islands bark mats

Big ones like this were easy 5 or 6 metres in size,

Large bark mats

And no, they are not quilts, even though the first glimpse into the room gives that impresson.  They are magnificent, here are a few smaller ones.

Beautiful patchwork design on bark mat

Black & white patchwork design on the mat

And a couple of the more controversial pieces –

The tomato car

The so called “pooh machine” being fed (person at far left feeding the machine a delicious lunch)

I’ll leave you to ponder on that one, I can still smell it even¬† now.


3 responses to “MONA and other things

  1. One more place to add to our must visit list!


  2. Very definitely.


  3. What a fantastic looking place!