HOBART.- Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art
, reopens today, unveiling a major revamp of its semi-subterranean galleries and two new outdoor works of art.
Over 350 highlights (and lowlights) from David Walshs extensive personal collection are on display. The gallery spaces have been transformed to showcase his treasure trove of ancient, modern and contemporary art, with hidden gems that have never been shown at Mona before, alongside many favouritesold and new.
Newly open is House of Mirrors, an art installation composed of a labyrinth of seemingly endless mirrors. Created by Australian artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, it is the worlds largest travelling mirror maze.
Visitors can also view, and climb on, a giant bronze sculpture by American artist Tom Otterness. Doubling as a childrens playground Girls Rule is over seven metres high and features two figures with slides for limbs.
Nicole Durling, Mona Director of Exhibitions and Collections says: We have taken the opportunity across the past nine months to think about what makes Mona unique, and simply its David Walshs home. This is what we have focused on for the rehang of the museum. All of Davids interests are gathered together, and in a way it reveals his identity. Its like a portrait of David.
Mona is open for four days a weekfrom Fridays to Mondays, 10am-6pm.
All visitors must have a pre-booked ticket. Mona offers site-only or full museum entry tickets. Although entry remains free for locals, all Tasmanians are required to pay a deposit, which can be refunded following a visit.
Visitors are required to download Monas app (The O), which will become their digital guide to the museum and groundsand bring headphones to access additional audio content. The O, developed by Art Processors, is now available on iOS and Android.
The Mona Ferry resumes its service from Brooke Street Pier to the museumtickets are $15 until the end of January. The Mona Pavilions are available to book for overnight stays Thursday through Sunday.