Sunday Territorian 11 Dec 2011
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32 Sunday Territorian. Sunday, December 11, 2011. www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 1 -D E C -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 3 2 C O L O R : C M Y K Ohboy, this art really is Wim Delvoyes Cloaca Professional is the most hated and the most viewed artwork at the Museum of Old and New Art By SARAH CRAWFORD AT 2pm each day, the Museum of Old and New Arts most hated artwork takes a dump. Like feeding time at the zoo, a crowd gathers to watch with a mixture of revulsion, fascination and incomprehension as the artwork which replicates the human digestive system excretes into a metal dish, a substance that looks like, smells like, and is, poo. Staff are there to dispose of the artworks offering. In another two hours it will be time for the artwork to feed, they tell the crowd. Visitors to Hobarts new art gallery are asked to vote whether they love or hate each artwork. Belgian artist Wim Delvoyes Cloaca Professional is by far the most hated. Interestingly, people also spend more time looking at it than anything else at MONA. The eccentric millionaire owner of Australias largest private gallery, David Walsh, said he aimed to shock and offend with his $100 million art collection. The 150 life-size porcelain portraits of female genitalia called, C . . . . and other Conversations, by Greg Taylor, probably achieves that aim with most visitors. As does Jannis Kounelliss untitled work of animal carcasses hanging from hooks (the meat has been replaced with oversized nooses because it was a hassle dragging the carcasses out of a freezer each morning). But there is far more to MONA than the few shock artworks which have tongues wagging around Australia. The 400-piece collection and its subterranean gallery space is a spectacle, which is why MONA has become Tasmanias blockbuster tourist attraction. Since it opened on January 22 this year, 270,000 visitors have passed through its doors. Tasmanians are proud of MONA, along with its reclusive, some say slightly autistic, owner Walsh. Born and raised in the underprivileged northern suburbs of Hobart, Walsh made his millions gambling at casinos and racetracks around the world. He started collecting art by chance, when he was trying to get his winnings out of South Africa. Authorities would not let him take the cash, so he bought an antique wooden Nigerian door. It spent several months in customs in Tasmania. Since then he has amassed 2210 works from ancient coins and Egyptian mummies to paintings by Australian artists Brett Whiteley, Charles Blackman and Sidney Nolan, and contemporary works from Europe and the Americas.