Museum of New Art

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The Museum of New Art, better known as MONA is the first popup museum, founded in 1996 and run by artists since then. The museum's locations have varied from the walk-in closet of a commercial gallery (rented for $1 per year),[1] the second floor of a downtown office building, and now a satellite facility in Detroit's Russell Industrial Complex. The Russell facility was also the location where they awarded the first Prinzhorn International Art Prize whose recipients included Christo and Jeanne-Claude.[2] The well-known duo have also contributed to the museum's permanent collection, comprising more than 200 small-scale pieces.[3] Due to the financial structure of the museum, they are able to operate without being affected by the financial downturn. Jef Bourgeau founded the museum and remains with it as of 2012.[3][4]

At its largest, in 2003, it was over 40,000 sq. feet. It now consists of seven galleries between Detroit and Pontiac, Michigan in about 16,000 sq. feet.[3] In its history, it has worked with a wide range of artists including: Sol LeWitt, Yoko Ono, and Iain Baxter.

The museum is perhaps most well known for its 1998 exhibit, MONA's Art Until Now at the Detroit Institute of Arts, that was shut down for fear of offending Christians[3][5] and the debut of the lost Andy Warhol You Are the One amid controversy.[6]


  1. ^ Haddad, Natalie (2007-05-23). "Lake Effect". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  2. ^ del Valle, Robert. "Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Gift To Detroit". Real Detroit Weekly. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d "MONA: A Pop-Up Museum". Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  4. ^ Mannisto, Glen (2001-12-19). "Oh MONA! The Museum of New Art shoulders the challenge". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  5. ^ Walsh, David (1999-11-24). "Detroit museum shuts down exhibit". World Socialist Web Site. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  6. ^ "Lost Warhol to Premiere at Museum of New Art". artdaily. 2006-11-08. Archived from the original on 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 

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