To introduce myself – I was the lucky winner of the “Tasmanian Secrets Revealed” competition held last year by Tourism Tasmania so my husband and I were fortunate to have the opportunity to visit once more this beautiful part of our country. We chose to centre our visit around Hobart and the attractions it had to offer.
Our first stop had to be MONA. There has been much publicity since MONA opened its doors in January, so of course, it had to be first on our itinerary. The gallery is a wonderland of contemporary art and ancient artifacts from around the world displayed side by side. The exhibition is designed to challenge and delight the senses and be occasionally provocative and confronting.
MONA is a remarkable piece of architecture which is a striking artwork in itself. Set into the sandstone escarpment along the Derwent River, it delivers a striking rusted exterior and we were led into an amazing four storey interior of giant sandstone walls which become backdrops for the exhibits.
A great innovation of this exceptional gallery are the iPods we used to give us detailed information about the artworks. Very clever technology!
This is a stunning gallery. Whether you like the art or not – that is what it is all about – to make you have an opinion. Everyone who visits Hobart or lives in Tasmania should do themselves a favour and experience MONA at least once in their life. And it’s free!!