David Walsh's MONA

The Eccentric Collector's Tasmanian Museum Hosts Controversial Belgian Artist Wim Delvoye

The uniquely curated collection of contemporary art and ancient antiquities at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania, is explored by New Zealand-based photographer Derek Henderson. Conceived by mathematician turned professional gambler David Walsh, MONA is currently hosting the largest retrospective to date of Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye, featuring 80 works including his tattooed pig skins, abstracted precious metal crucifixes and a series of branded machines that reproduce the digestive process. Presenting contemporary works by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Santiago Sierra and Gelitin alongside Egyptian artifacts, burial tombs, ancient fertility icons and jewelry, MONA’s permanent collection mirrors Walsh's fascination with sex, death, decadence and decay. Much more than a simple art gallery, the institution features eight bespoke pavilions providing boutique accommodation positioned on a rocky outcrop shadowing the Derwent River, a wine cellar containing produce from Walsh’s onsite vineyard, a microbrewery, and an infinity pool with stunning panoramic views. “I do not have the technical capability to write a book that does these ideas justice,” explains Walsh. “I can, however, construct an environment that explores philosophies tangential to the artistic experience. In a way, it's my megaphone.”

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