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Tasmania's quirky art museum puts island on the world map

Over 1m people have visited MONA, built by eccentric gambler-millionaire David Walsh

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There are no explanatory placards fixed to the walls, and visitors are encouraged to wander through the subterranean spaces at will in the US$200m Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

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There are no explanatory placards fixed to the walls, and visitors are encouraged to wander through the subterranean spaces at will in the US$200m Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

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Fat Car, a glistening red Porsche plumped with fibreglass into a bulbous symbol of conspicuous consumption by sculptor Erwin Wurm.

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FOR most of its existence, Tasmania was known as a faraway island at the bottom of Australia, a grim 19th century redoubt where British colonial officers imprisoned convicts in the harshest of the empire's jails and killed much of the aboriginal population.

So perhaps it was

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