ART mogul DAVID WALSH says he let David Jones take over his famous MONA gallery to see where “showing off” and consumerism collide.
“To be honest, I don’t know a lot about fashion,” Walsh, who owns Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art, told Confidential.
“I know a lot about human biology
and I know one of the things that we tend to do is to establish status by showing off.
“Mona was built on that principle. David Jones, on the other hand, was built on a commercial principle,” Walsh said. “Where they cross over is the humans that inhabit them. I’m very interested in seeing how that crossover works.”
David Jones launched its “Art Of Living” AW19 season at MONA over two days last week, which included a wellness event featuring actor TERESA PALMER, and a fashion parade starring JESSICA GOMES
, VICTORIA LEE
, GEMMA WARD
and CAMERON ROBBIE.
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“I worry that when people come here, they’re uncomfortable, and I do everything I can to democratise the art,” Walsh said. “David Jones, I guess, is a store for everyone. But this felt like (the event) had a bit of privilege inside it.
“That worried me, but I also found it interesting. I found it pleasurable.”
Walsh said preparations are also well under way for MONA’s cutting edge winter festival, Dark Mofo, in June.