This weekend Liz and a host of No Award staff writers visited The Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA, in Hobart. And so, a shop review in brief.
Too many postcards for old exhibits and not enough for current ones; no Ah Xian postcards, which is unfortunate because I love him and would have bought one.
Strongly book-focused, with jewelry that you can get from the NGV for the same price.
The cunt soap (actual name) was a highlight, except for the peppermint scented one, which just seems intrinsically uncomfortable. Well, nothing about MONA is meant to be comfortable, but I don’t think genital itch is what they were going for.
TL;DR: two stars.
No Award staff writer Ashleigh notes: what I did appreciate was that the book collection was pretty well focused on artists whose work is or has been on display. that is surprisingly uncommon.
Museum: Museum of Old and New Art
Location: 655 Main Road Berriedale, Hobart, Tasmania
Items purchased: Liz purchased a postcard of “the Star Trek exhibit“; Noted Fatberg Zoe purchased a tote bag; Official Calligrapher Moya purchased “a fatcar postcard & a novelty blood filled syringe pen with which to creep out my new work frans.” Ashleigh purchased these things and also has a list of books she plans to purchase cheaper from book depository.
Getting There: Liz and the No Award staff writers flew to Hobart and drove to Mona because the boat is $20 a head and is basically there to disguise the lower middle-class suburbs that surround MONA.
Date and Time Visited: mid arvo, Saturday
ETA: Official Calligrapher Moya wishes to amend her review to give MONA negative points, as “the syringe pen is gross and blobby enough to not function as a pen at all”. Unfortunate, though that is often the way with novelty syringe pens.