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The decidedly odd Museum of Old and New Art has turned the island state into a hip cultural destination
ODDS ON: Many of the works exhibited are intentionally provocative, which may be why the museum is jokingly referred to as the “museum of sex and death.”


ONE THE MOST popular exhibits at what may be Australia’s most remarkable museum stinks— literally. Composed of glass amphorae that gurgle with unappetizing liquids, the artwork is called Cloaca, and in addition to a steady stream of foul odors, it emits a solid piece of waste about once a day. Cloaca is, in other words, a poop machine. A poop machine that, as part of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, has helped to completely transform tourism in the island state of Tasmania.

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