On Saturday we went to see the new exhibition out at MONA. It’s called Theatre of the World and it’s a collaboration between MONA, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the expertise of art curator, Jean Hubert Martin.
Mr Martin has managed to put together an exhibition that isn’t wanky, that doesn’t shock for the sake of shocking, that doesn’t try to teach us something, yet still leaves you feeling like you’ve seen something amazing.
The collection is superb. When you go, make sure you look at all the little things. There is a beautiful hand blown glass vase in a cabinet made by an unknown sculptor at a glass factory in Tasmania that is just stunning. If you’re too busy looking at the Leger in the other corner you’ll miss it.
Highlights for me were the dogs watching the magnetic tape strip, the Kandinsky amongst the Tapa Cloths, the wealth of contemporary Australian art and the Max Ernst sculpture. Oh, and the skull made of insect shells and the Damian Hirst.
This exhibition is a great way to showcase some fantastic parts of TMAG’s collection that would probably remain in storage until the upgrade of their building has been done. Plus, it tidies up David Walsh’s collection into an accessible, art history student friendly, distinctly wonderful day out.
Plus, the nice beer and fancy cheese platter we indulged in afterwards went down a treat.
Next time, I think I’ll stay in one of the Pavilions!