The devil’s play­ground waits for you

David Walsh has built a provoca­tive dis­play in his pri­vate mu­seum, writes Jen Kelly

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - Mona Tasmania -

IT’S been called a ‘‘ sub­ver­sive Dis­ney­land at the end of the world’’ and it’s not hard to see why.

The Mu­seum of Old and New Art, which opens in two weeks, a 15-minute drive from Ho­bart on the Der­went River, will in­clude such provoca­tive high­lights as a defe­cat­ing ma­chine sus­pended from the ceil­ing that pro­duces re­al­is­tic, reek­ing ex­cre­ment, and a sculp­ture cast in choco­late de­pict­ing the mu­ti­lated body of a sui­cide bomber.

In the toi­lets, one un­marked cu­bi­cle will boast a work that uses mir­rors and binoc­u­lars to give you a per­sonal en­counter with your own bod­ily func­tions.

It’s billed as the biggest pri­vate mu­seum in Aus­tralia and is the brain­child of the rich and enig­matic Tas­ma­nian phil­an­thropic art col­lec­tor David Walsh, who’s been var­i­ously de­scribed as flip­pantly ir­rev­er­ent, a dyed-in-the-wool athe­ist, a pro­fes­sional gam­bler and even, in­trigu­ingly, ‘‘ the devil’’.

Walsh has promised a ‘‘ sub­ver­sive adult Dis­ney­land’’ and has said the mu­seum is his soap­box ‘‘ and I’ve got one hell of a mega­phone’’.

The site where the al­most 6000sq m, mostly un­der­groundMONAwill open to the pub­lic on Jan­uary 22 and show­case Walsh’s $100 mil­lion-plus pri­vate col­lec­tion has long been op­er­at­ing as a win­ery called Moo­rilla, a brew­ery, a res­tau­rant and lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion.

In our week­end at the site, where

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