The Musuem of Foreign Art
RMIT University, Master of Architecture, Graduate Project 2012
Supervisors: Michael Spooner & Peter Knight
The Museum of Foreign Art (MOFA) is a proposition for a new contemporary art gallery in the suburb of South Yarra, Melbourne.
Underlying this project is a relationship with the remote and foreign continent of Antarctica. A place which exists as a world of science and natural splendour, yet also exists as a frontier site of myth and magic. MOFA will take curatorial control over the Antarctic Arts Fellowship; an Australian artist in residence program which currently sees several Australian artists journey to Antarctic each year. Situating and contextualizing the work produced from this program, the museum will appropriate and extend the historic estate of Como House.
Managed by the National Trust as a ‘historic museum’, the estate is currently closed due to lack of public interest. Thus in drawing together the no knowledge zones of Antarctica with the domesticated grounds of Como House there is both the opportunity to reawaken a dormant site and also an occasion to trigger a series of foreign relationships between the other and the same.
Formally, the new museum is positioned as a foreign body, both in its immediate relationship to Como House and gardens but also to the surrounding suburban field of South Yarra.
The ambition of this project was to offer an ‘elsewhere’ site; a place outside of pre-existing protocols whereby an audience, in their own personal zone of exclusion, can excavate meaning and affirmation from the works they encounter there. See more of Kim’s work: http://www.kimbridgland.com