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David Walsh

Outside Chance

By Michael Young

Portrait of David Walsh. Photo by Remi Chauvin. Courtesy Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart.

Australian David Walsh is a professional gambler, art collector, iconoclast and autodidact with an acute grasp of philosophy. He is also an eccentric who, in 2011, opened the AUD 171 million Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, capital city of Australia's southern island state, Tasmania, and home to Walsh's idiosyncratic collection of antiquities, Australian modern art and international contemporary art.

Charming yet enigmatic, Walsh has an…

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