‘The private life of art’: the Museum of Everything opens in Hobart

By Brigid Delaney

Initially innocuous, but dark and strange inside, the world's first wandering museum is for the art that wasn't meant to be seen

In the basement of Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art, you enter a house with Georgian facade. Initially it evokes a vanished, suburban England, the type skewered by Larkin and Orwell. There's the fusty lace curtains, the brocade wallpaper and uncomfortable furniture, the post box and striped lollipops, the two-bar fire and the porcelain knick-knacks on the mantle.

Then it gets strange. Going further into the house, you see a darker England – then an ominous, wider world filled with almost 1,000 pieces of art from almost 200 artists, collected from outside the mainstream.

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