THE Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) has reopened following its closure in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unveiling a major revamp of its semi-subterranean galleries and two new outdoor works of art.

More than 350 highlights from David Walsh’s extensive personal collection are on display.

The gallery spaces have been transformed to showcase the treasure trove of ancient, modern and contemporary art, with hidden gems that have never been shown at MONA before, alongside many favourites – old and new.

Newly opened is ‘House of Mirrors’, an art installation composed of a labyrinth of seemingly endless mirrors.

It was created by Australian artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney and is the world’s largest travelling mirror maze.

Visitors can also view, and climb on, a giant bronze sculpture by American artist Tom Otterness.

Doubling as a children’s playground, ‘Girls Rule’ is more than seven metres high and features two figures with slides for limbs.

“We have taken the opportunity across the past nine months to think about what makes MONA unique, and simply it’s David Walsh’s home,” MONA director of exhibition and collections Nicole Durling said.

“This is what we have focused on for the rehang of the museum.

“All of David’s interests are gathered together, and in a way, it reveals his identity.

“It’s like a portrait of David.”

MONA is open for four days a week from Friday to Monday from 10am to 6pm.

All visitors must have a pre-booked ticket.

Although entry remains free for locals, all Tasmanians are required to pay a deposit, which can be refunded following a visit.

Visitors are required to download MONA’s app, The O, which will become their digital guide to the museum and grounds, and are encouraged to bring headphones to access additional audio content.

The MONA Ferry has resumed its service from Brooke Street Pier to the museum – tickets are $15 until the end of January.

The MONA Pavilions are available to book for overnight stays from Thursday through to Sunday.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit mona.net.au.

To download The O, visit https://mona.net.au/museum/the-o.

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