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‘Aimless and Absurd Wanderings’? Children at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)


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Franklin, A ORCID: 0000-0002-3207-0498 and Sansom, M 2018 , '‘Aimless and Absurd Wanderings’? Children at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)' , Museum & Society, vol. 16, no. 1 , pp. 28-40 .

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This article reports on the experience of children at the Museum of New and Old Art(Mona) in Hobart, Tasmania. Referred to by its innovative owner as a ‘subversiveadult Disneyland’, Mona went further than most new contemporary art galleries indesigning a radically new experience of art. It captured the imagination of peoplenew to art in its own locality as well as a global art public. Favoured by leadinginternational contemporary artists for the freedom it gave art unmediated by arthistory, Mona also seemingly captured the imagination of children. Through anethnographic approach in which five young children’s visits were documentedin great detail, the article considers these in the light of children’s experiencesof previous exhibitionary platforms and the relevance of Mona’s museologicalinterventions for building their dispositions to art and broadening art publics.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Franklin, A and Sansom, M
Keywords: children, art museums, art publics, ethnography, museology
Journal or Publication Title: Museum & Society
Publisher: University of Leicester * Department of Museum Studies
ISSN: 1479-8360
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© 2018, Adrian Franklin, Michelle Sansom

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