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Creative exchanges between public and private: the case of MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art) and the city of Hobart


Franklin, A, Creative exchanges between public and private: the case of MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art) and the city of Hobart, ACTAS ICONO14 - V Congresso Internacional Cidades Criativas, 25-27 January, 2017, Porto, Portugal, pp. 994-1004. ISBN 978-84-940289-8-4 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The mythic narrative of the Bilbao Effect suggests not merely the potential of new contemporary art museums but also new working arrangements between public and private institutions of the city. This paper reports on a major Australian Research Council funded project that investigated the dramatic impact that MONA has had on the city of Hobart, Tasmania. Beginning as a largely private initiative MONA is provides an excellent example of the new exhibitionary complex in which public and private no longer vie for cultural authority but are necessarily reconfigured into new forms of exchange and collaboration. This paper shows not only how the fortunes of cities are increasingly dependent on this, but also highly structured by a new political economy of contemporary art worlds and their places.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Art museums, urban regeneration, city activation, private art museums, art publics
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Arts not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Franklin, A (Professor Adrian Franklin)
ID Code:114061
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP120200302)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-02-03
Last Modified:2022-08-22
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