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Journeys : Feb March 2011
50 February / March 2011 The day I visited MONA it was crawling with blokes in hard hats and fluoro vests. Opening day was fast approaching and there was still plenty to do. Tradies of all varieties were scurrying about the place with purpose in their step – if you could have hung a camera on a cloud and focused dow n from a great height, the place would have looked like a nest of br ightly-coloured bullants. And that was just on the surface – underground, even more was going on. (Don’t mention that skyhook idea in David Walsh’s hearing – he’ll want a working model and a ballpark costing). This little peninsula of the River Der went has been the scene of big ideas since Claudio Alcorso bought it in the 1950s, planted southern Tasmania’s first commercial vineyard, built two superb houses (designed by renow ned architect Roy Grounds and both retained as part of the MONA complex) and began making w ine. Claudio’s son Julian continued the family business, developing the Moorilla name from a classy label into a well-know n and widely-respected brand. And then came David Walsh, a 48-year-old art collector, investor and professional gambler. He bought Moorilla in 1995 and began its reincarnation as a home for works from his brilliant, weird, eclectic, sublime, bizarre and wonderful collection of art. But no adjectives really do it justice, as visitors to MONA – the Museum of Old and New Art – will discover. As you explore the three levels of underground galler ies car ved from sandstone, prepare to be amazed, amused, Doing exactly as he likes Chris Viney tries to rein in his adjectives after previewing David Walsh’s amazing MONA © MONA Museum of Old and New Art © Matthew Newton
Apr May 2011