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MONA's Picasso Power Play: From Ladies' Lounge to Loo with a View.

A disgruntled bloke named Jason threw a wrench in MONA's feminist art project.

The Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania had unveiled a luxurious "Ladies Lounge," a haven for women to sip tea and contemplate high art, including Picassos, all while subtly critiquing historical gender segregation (think Aussie pub backrooms for men, fancy lounges for women).

But Jason wasn't having it.

Feeling left out, he lodged a discrimination complaint, and a court, bless their literal hearts, agreed. MONA was ordered to reform the installation or face the wrath of Tasmanian law.

Enter Kirsha Kaechele, the multifaceted artist behind the "Ladies Lounge" who uses unconventional methods to create thought-provoking art installations from sustainable gardens to gun buyback performances with her work tackling social issues and pushing boundaries, and a woman not easily cowed by legalese.

While vowing to appeal the ruling (art shouldn't have to play by the same rules as a theme park, right?), she also hatched a delightfully subversive plan.

Remember that anti-discrimination law loophole concerning, well, certain essential facilities?

MONA suddenly boasted a brand new "Ladies' Room," a previously unremarkable unisex bathroom transformed into a shrine of Cubism.

Three Picassos, formerly gracing the "Ladies Lounge," now hung proudly above toilets and sinks – a playful middle finger to the court and a cheeky wink to museum-goers.

Think of it as performance art in the porcelain palace. While the original "Ladies Lounge" undergoes a "reform" (rumours of a church conversion are swirling), the "Ladies' Room" offers a unique opportunity to commune with Picasso in the most unexpected of places.

So next time you're at MONA and nature calls, keep your eyes peeled – you might just find yourself face-to-face with a masterpiece amidst the mundane.

Just remember, ladies (and anyone who identifies as such,because MONA's all about inclusivity!), this particular art experience requires a certain… intestinal fortitude.


Words by AW.

Photos courtesy of Courtesy Museum of Old and New Art.


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