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Arts/Culture ian 1/2/2014

The Red Queen – Mona, Hobart

Until April 21, 2014

If you are heading to Hobart, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) should be a 'must do'. Your humble blogger's 21yo son visited recently and came away raving - he found it a strange hybrid of confrontation and fun, eclectic, seductive, relaxing and rewarding - simply the best 'museum' he has encountered - the restaurant was also great and there was a wedding in the grounds that looked absolutely perfect. It may take him a while to get over the room of vaginas, but there you go...

When writing these blogs I sometimes obtain information from press releases and descriptions from the official sites. Occasionally they’re so interesting that to rewrite them would seem a bit of a crime. This is one of those occasions:

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The Red Queen is a character from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass. She's a sinister mixture of power and futility: even as she doles out orders willy-nilly, she seems to lock herself in a weird and lonely prison of words:

'What's the French for fiddle-de-dee?''Fiddle-de-dee's not English,' Alice replied gravely.

'Who ever said it was?' said the Red Queen. Alice thought she saw a way out of the difficulty this time. 'If you'll tell me what language "fiddle-de-dee" is, I'll tell you the French for it!' she exclaimed triumphantly. But the Red Queen drew herself up rather stiffly, and said 'Queens never make bargains.’

Red Queen's words mean nothing and everything at once; rich and strange nonsense indeed.

Alice looked round her in great surprise. 'Why, I do believe we've been under this tree the whole time! Everything's just as it was! 'Of course it is,' said the Queen, 'what would you have it?'

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Ahhhh yes, it gets curiouser and curiouser at the wonderful world of MONA! – http://www.mona.net.au/

And, of course, Rydges Hobart is handy for all your accommodation needs!

 

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