Friday, March 18, 2011

A Museum for the Old and New

We have been following the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania since its opening in January this year. Designed and funded by David Walsh, MONA exhibits his own favourites from around the world and visitors can enter free of charge.

There are no labels on any of the artworks, instead visitors are given a touch screen MP3 player which can detect where it is in the building and tells you what artworks are nearby; you can read or listen to information about them.

The pieces are laid out in a way that feels uncoordinated; ancient Egyptian mummies are displayed alongside modern multimedia works. This is to show the art works as art, not as a chronological collection of a history of art.

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