David Walsh's private museum in Hobart

'It should be so, it must be so'

by Daniel Thomas


David Walsh is a tease; he enjoys wordplay. The founder and owner of the Museum of Old and New Art (he prefers Mona, not MONA) concedes that his private playground is entirely a matter of self-gratification, like ‘the sin of Onan’. Hence the cheeky titles ‘Monanism’ for his inaugural exhibition of some 460 works, and Monanisms for the beautifully produced picture book of 115 selections from the collection (Monanisms: Museum of Old and New Art, $80 hb, 378 pp, 9780980805802). Many of the latter are not included in the inaugural exhibition, and will be presented later.

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Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas, now based in Tasmania, was from 1958 to 1990 an art-museum curator and director in Sydney, Canberra, and Adelaide.

Published in June 2011 no. 332

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