Emiliano Maggi – MONA Museum

From Rome to Berriedale, Italian artist Emiliano Maggi is taking to the marketplace with something special: a performance and sound interpretation of a river nymph leaving the water and transforming herself into a dead tree. Emiliano’s going to make a guitar from the tree, and the nymph is going to play it for you. Afterwards, he’ll probably even let you play with his instrument.

The Nymph Song: How to possess a dead tree

“The madness that comes from the Nymph, the cry, the anger, the rage.
Telfusa burn the Guardian Apemòn maniphesto cult
Heat Gods Supreme Possession
Delirious chorus Divine Fortune
Knowledge Oracle Violent Metal.”

When not creating musical instruments in the vicinity of river nymphs, Emiliano does the art thing in Rome and has exhibited widely across Europe and the US. His work displays an interest in symbolism, mythology, popular iconography and ancestral nature, and we’re rapt to have him at MoMa.


By now, you’ve come to expect feats of strange wonder from MONA First Lady Kirsha Kaechele and her team of talented misfits. This year’s MoMa is no different; but she’s expanded her horizons to take in our beloved – but grubby – River Derwent.

At our first market for the year, we’re launching the River Derwent Heavy Metals Project: an ongoing art-science collaboration bent on tackling the problem of pollution in the River Derwent. Shocking but true, sections of our silvery behemoth (including around MONA) are contaminated with extremely high levels of heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, copper and zinc – that’s one hot mess). This project – the brain-child of Kaechele – brings together talented peeps from around the planet, including the University of Tasmania, the Derwent Estuary Program, CSIRO, IMAS, Monash Art Design and Architecture (MADA) Melbourne, the Alvar Aalto Foundation (Finland), the University of Texas (USA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). Oh. Em. Gee – what collective brain power!

The basic idea is: let’s blast these metallic bad boys from here to kingdom come. But how? The aim is to reclaim the Derwent through creativity and innovation. Expect a thrilling mix of art and architecture, performance and design, science and ‘heavy’ cuisine.

MONA Museum – 655 Main Road Berriedale, Hobart Tasmania (Australia)
January 18 – A 19TH