A rendering of the Museum of Old and New Art’s Pharos extension. Courtesy: Fender Katsalidis Architects.

Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art Adds New Wing

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania—Australia’s largest private museum, founded by collector David Walsh in 2011—has built a new wing. The approximately $6 million annex houses new light works by artists James Turrell and Richard Wilson, as well as pieces by Nam June Paik, Charles Ross, and Jean Tinguely. It opens to the public on Tuesday, December 26.

Designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, an Australian-based firm with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and London, the extension, which stretches across the River Derwent, connects the museum’s main building to its library. “MONA is an excavation of the underside of human nature. And now we've built a new wing, called Pharos, to round out the metaphor. A crack of light . . . and a nice spot to sit down, because people are always complaining there aren’t enough chairs in the museum,” the museum’s website states.