Mona (the Museum of Old and New Art), brainchild of David Walsh, is turning up the heat over the coming months with exhibitions, performances, and markets. Lose time in a mind-altering museum that asks the question ‘What is art’. Hang at MoMa (Mona Market). Listen to music at Mofo 2018 and sprawl on a pink beanbag sipping wine, swilling craft beer and eating slowly roasted, grilled and seared food. It’s going to be a sweet, seductive, festive summer at Mona with heaps of fun to be had.

One Man’s Megaphone

Enter Mona and descend the spiral staircase that ends in a basement bounded by walls of 250-million-year-old Triassic sandstone. Follow the light to the Void Bar. Settle into a velvet armchair and have a drink to prepare for what is about to unfold: three levels of art meant to challenge, elucidate and entertain.

Mona's southern facade and view of Amarna

…three levels of art meant to challenge, elucidate and entertain

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Experience Mona’s permanent, evolving collection – there’s art that has its own digestive system, art that’s 46-metres-long, and a rain-painting machine that shoots out google search terms trending in Australia, in real time. Sprinkled among all this is Walsh’s private collection of antiquities.

Tim’s Back

In 2006, the Belgian artist Wim Delvoye turned Tim into a canvas and temporary frame for a large tattoo on his back. In 2008, a German collector bought the still unfinished artwork for €150,000. The work will be completed when Tim dies and the tattoo is handed over to its owner. Tim has sat as an exhibit for Mona before. And now he’s back. He says he’s become addicted to the place. He’s got some stories to tell and he’d like to share them with you. Book a ticket to one of Tim’s talks, operating on Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm. You can also see him sitting in on a plinth in the museum from 10am–4.30pm daily until Sunday 29 April 2018.

…you can see him sitting in on a plinth in the museum from 10am–4.30pm daily until Sunday 29 April 2018

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The Museum of Everything

From an institution that is renowned for being eclectic, we should probably expect anything and possibly everything. The exhibition of The Museum of Everything is a travelling institution, which opened in London in 2009. Its purpose is to advocate for the visibility of art that falls outside the confines of the art world proper; the work of ordinary people. Well, that’s how they explain it anyway. Check it out for yourself until 2 April 2018.

…check it out for yourself until 2 April 2018

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There’s so much happening they had to build a new wing to fit it all in. Fittingly named after Pharos of Alexandria, one of the seven wonders of the world, the building will house four purpose-built James Turrell installations and a heap of other individual works. If you were wondering, Pharos of Alexandria was a technical triumph of a lighthouse and the archetype of all lighthouses since. Pharos will be guiding people to Mona’s shores from late December.

Music, Markets, and Mofo

Festivities have begun, meat is sizzling on the grill, music is echoing out to cotton candy clouds, children are climbing pyramids – yes pyramids. Expect the unexpected with this stellar line-up.

Mona Foma

Mofo (short for Mona Foma) is hitting both Hobart and Launceston in 2018, with an unprecedented 11 days of cacophonic music and unexpected art installations.

Lineup highlights include Gotye presenting a tribute to the late, great Jean-Jacques Perrey, avant-garde darling Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Chicago based-soul singer Jamila Woods.

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It seems everyone is powerless to resist the lure of Mona with this year’s line up attracting artists from Tunisia, USA, Iraq, Argentina and Iran. This year Mofo will be in Launceston from 12-14 January and Hobart from 15- 22 January 2018.

Image Credit: Mofo/The artist

MoMa (Mona Market)

Mona’s summer season market, brought to you by Mona’s First Lady Kirsha Kaechele and her posse of wondrous winged monkeys, kicks into action for the whole Mofo at Mona weekend, and then returns, but not as we know it.

…brought to you by Mona’s First Lady Kirsha Kaechele

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JAM: Jazz at Mona

42 days of music from 20 December to 4 February featuring 50 different acts. The Jazz program curated by Brian Ritchie and his Mona music maestros will run all afternoon long, every weekend, at Mona. Listen to JAM on the Main Stage or inside the museum. If the weather’s nice, the music will play out on the lawns. If it’s crap, head inside. Sometimes there’s something happening both places at once. More is more.

Drink It In

…wine and art: a match made in heaven

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Wine and art: a match made in heaven. Sit inside or out, on the Wine Bar patio or on the grass with a Moorilla wine or Moo Brew beer. Peer into the inner workings of the winery just behind the glass or get closer on a wine or beer tour and tasting upstairs at the Cellar Door in the Ether Building. There’s a little brewery offsite in Bridgewater where you can take an hour-long tour with the brewer. It makes five types of beer and they’re worth travelling for.

There’s also a swag of posh-as wine tours at the onsite gravity-assisted winery with tastings in the Barrel Room or Cellar Door. Meet the maker, take an art and wine walk through the museum, or if you’re feeling bold go for the ultimate wine, dine and… get a room tour. We promise you won’t regret it in the morning.

Feed Your Hunger

…the focus is on seasonal local produce

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At The Source Restaurant the focus is on seasonal local produce. Shared plates, fresh, uncomplicated yet artistic food, and a great outlook over the museum grounds. The menu changes daily – carnivores could be in for seared scallops or wallaby fillets and herbivores can look forward to baked figs or stuffed cannelloni.

…retire to the Wine Bar for some top-notch tucker and friendly banter with the stranger on your left

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Dine at The Golden Hour and spend sunset with a stranger. A communal dining experience at Mona, where you can soak up sunset courtesy of James Turrell’s rainbow rooftop spectacular, Amarna, then retire to the Wine Bar for some top-notch tucker and friendly banter with the stranger on your left. For something quick and easy, or a brief intermission from the feast of art underground, head to the spiffy little Courtyard House Cafe inside the museum’s entrance.

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Sleep It Off

Come stay at Mona – not in the museum, but in the flash dens on the River Derwent. Each is named after an influential Australian artist or architect and features artworks from the Mona collection. Roy, the most luxe-as dwelling, is a penthouse-equivalent.

…the most luxe-as dwelling

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Find out more and plan your visit at www.mona.net.au

Kathryn Leahy