MOFO and the launch of Museum of Old and New Art
Boys and girls, it’s time to check to see if any of the budget airlines have cheap flights to Tasmania in January, because you are not going to want to miss this.
Sex, art and rock and roll are all on the menu for Mono Foma, affectionately termed MOFO, Hobart’s Festival of Music and Art, back for its third year running in 2011.
From January 14 - 20 curator and ex Violent Femmes member Brian Ritchie will present a startling collection of music, dance, theatre, visual art, performance, new media and art.
The festival will feature the musical genius of Philip Glass and his partner and muse cellist Wendy Sutter. Amanda Palmer, ex Dresden Dolls front woman will also be showcasing her supreme and eclectic talent, as will Aussie rock and roll veteran Nick Cave. The bluesy Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, and Jim Sclavunos join the lineup, along with UK band Wire, proving that they can still own the punk scene. The rocking trio Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will exhibit their delicious brand of alternative rock, and BalletLab, Melbourne’s confrontational dance troupe, will be premiering their completed trilogy: Amplification, Miracle and Above.
Phew. Deep breaths.
Because that’s not all…
The weekend of January 21 - 23 will also herald the opening of the brand spanking new Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
This opening weekend will be littered with parties and good times, and a whole bunch of live bands and performances.
The Museum of Old and New Art is located at Moorilla, about 20 minutes out of Hobart and is set to become Australia’s newest must-see destination. It is a multi-million dollar, three-level building is designed by Nonda Katsalidis of Fender Katsalidis, and will showcase the private collection of the very talented David Walsh, valued at an estimated $100 million.
Other works include that of Sidney Nolan, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mat Collishaw, Jenny Saville, Mark Quinn, Damien Hirst, Wim Delvoye, Jannis Kounellis, Anselm Kiefer, Julius Popp, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gregory Barsamain, Stephen J. Shanabrook and Jenny Holzer.
With these two huge events, prepare yourself for ten days of culture, music, art and performance of the highest calibre in the furthest down under you can get!