The Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA, has been in the news of late. But not for its art.

The sleek modern fort on the banks of the Derwent is home to one of the best collections of international contemporary art anywhere in the country. Probably the best, in fact. Prominent Australian art historian Rex Butler tells Crikey that "in both the good and the bad sense, that is in an interesting sense, there are really only three significant galleries in Australia: GoMA in Brisbane, White Rabbit in Sydney and MONA in Tasmania ... the museum down there is one of the possible futures of museums in the 21st century: a privately-owned cabinet of curiosities, an updated Soane".