What to do in Hobart on a wet, make that, a very wet day? That was the question. As it turned out 100 mls of rain on Mt Wellington was a new record of some sort. Anyhow lots of people had said we should make the effort to go to Hobart’s MONA (museum of old and new art) so MONA it was. Not surprisingly every other tourist and school holiday maker had the same idea. Parking was at a premium and we were directed to park at the pub opposite the main entry. Needless to say there was a queue to get in.
This allowed us time to see some of the interesting sculptures outside.
After about half an hour we made our way in. Due to the crowd and the long wait we only had to pay the Concession entry fee. If we had been a local then it would have been free to go in. After receiving our tickets we were directed down a central stairwell to the bottom level. Yes the first thing you notice is that the entire three levels of the gallery are below ground. Whether using only artificial lighting helps is debatable. The layout was spacious and modern. Down below a helpful staff member set us up with our O device so we could find out more of the details of each of the items as we came to their vicinity. The River of Fundament exhibition by Matthew Barney was the feature exhibition. This was a mix of Egyptian artefacts and modern pieces. In one section there were Egyptian mummies combined with Barney’s modern sculpture.
Several other large pieces such as Boat of Ra caught our eye as we moved around the lowest level.
In keeping with modern theme you could stop and rest on the comfy seats with a glass of wine from the wine bar. However as it was still morning we decided to move up to the other levels. Here we found housed some of the permanent pieces. Some were just a bit too weird for our taste but other sculptures such as Sternenfall by Anselm Kieffer offered more appeal.
A large mural, Serpent, made up of many smaller frames was also more to our taste but overall we came to the conclusion modern art is not really our style.
Perhaps we have spent too much time at the Louvre in Paris or the Uffizi gallery in Florence! That said we were pleased to have gone. We were also pleased we drove there, as the queue for the boat back as we left was quite long.
That evening we went to Elizabeth Street which is a great area in which to dine. Dinner for us was with friends at Anatolia’s Turkish and Mediterranean Restaurant. The starter plate of colourful and tasty dips and lovely hot Turkish bread was delicious. The lamb cutlets were the pick of the meals we ordered.
Served with potatoes,vegetables and a salad they were melt in the mouth delicious. The Tasmanian beef skewer was really well presented and the massive skewer removed with a flourish by one of waitresses. Sadly the vegetarian offering of eggplant looked well presented but was probably a little underwhelming.
Our choice of wine was a Tasmanian Pinot Noir which was a good match to the red meats we had ordered. After that we headed off to the State Film Centre to see the Russell Crowe movie, The Water Diviner. I found it thoroughly entertaining even though much of the search for his sons by the main character Joshua Connor was quite implausible. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story! The battle scenes were really well done and left you with the clear message of the futility and inevitable consequences of war. Certainly worth seeing with an open mind. Clear night skies as we left were an indication of better weather the next day.