The anti-art mu­seum

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BULLETIN -

who needs more grand masters when you could have a wall of 150 sculp­tures of women’s vagi­nas? Or so thought David Walsh, the cre­ator of the Mu­seum of Old and New Art: Tas­ma­nia’s ‘sub­ver­sive adult Dis­ney­land’. MONA opened in Tas­ma­nia in 2011 and has al­ready be­come the is­land’s main tourist at­trac­tion. ‘Turns out it ain’t so great get­ting rich,’ Walsh wrote in Mon­aisms, a cat­a­logue for the mu­seum’s first ex­hibit (he amassed his for­tune through pro­fes­sional gam­bling). ‘What to do? Bet­ter build a mu­seum; make my­self fa­mous. That will get the chicks.’ Walsh ded­i­cated MONA to the themes of sex and death, but it also seems to be ded­i­cated to ruf­fling the feath­ers of the con­ven­tional art world: the mu­seum is out not to be revered, but rather to in­trigue, rile, of­fend, amaze and dis­gust. Among the hun­dreds of ex­hibits over the three lev­els of gal­leries, there have been a flat­tened red Porsche, the rem­nants of a sui­cide bomber cast in dark choco­late and, most no­to­ri­ously, a mas­sive ‘poo ma­chine’ (Wim Delvoye’s ‘Cloaca Pro­fes­sional’) that repli­cates the di­ges­tive sys­tem (com­plete with ex­cre­tions). Yes: art has gone to sh*t.

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