The Museum of Modern Love
This is one of the most extraordinary novels I've read in a long time. Inspired by the life and work of the provocative and controversial performance artist Marina Abramovic, this novel responds in particular to Abramovic's 75 day sit in at the MOMA in New York, to become a work of art in itself. With reflections on the nature of art, the creative process, and what it means to be an artist, Heather Rose has created a convincing cast of characters who are all in some way affected by Abramovic's unsettling work. My pick for the Stella Prize! - Molly
'If this was a dream, then he wanted to know when it would end. Maybe it would end if he went to see Lydia. But it was the one thing he was not allowed to do.'..Arky Swann is a film composer in New York separated from his wife, who has made him promise to keep a terrible secret. One day he finds his way to The Atrium at MOMA and sees Marina Abramovic in her performance The Artist is Present. The performance continues for seventy-five days and, as it unfolds, so does Arky as he considers marriage, art and the nature of commitment and love over a long-term union. The Museum of Modern Love is the story of one of the world's greatest art events and a man in search of connection.
Winner of Best Designed Literary Fiction Book - Australian Book Design Awards 2017 (Australia) and The Stella Prize 2017 (Australia) and Christina Stead Prize for Fiction - NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2017 (Australia) and Designer's Choice Cover of the Year - Australian Book Design Awards 2017 (Australia). Short-listed for Australian Literature Society Gold Medal 2017 (Australia).
The Museum of Modern Love is Heather Rose's 7th novel. Her novels span adult literary fiction, children's literature, fantasy/sci-fi and crime. Heather's previous novels are White Heart (1999), The Butterfly Man (2005) and The River Wife (2009). Heather also writes the acclaimed Tuesday McGillycuddy series for children (written under the pen-name of Angelica Banks with fellow-author Danielle Wood and published internationally). The series is Finding Serendipity (2013) A Week Without Tuesday (2015) and Blueberry Pancakes Forever (2016). Heather won the Davitt Award in 2006 and her work has been shortlisted for the Nita B Kibble Award and the Aurealis Awards, and longlisted for the IMPAC Awards. She is also a recipient of the international Eleanor Dark Fellowship...Heather was the inaugural Writer in Residence at The Museum of Old and New Art (MoNA) in Hobart 2012-13 where she did much of the research for The Museum of Modern Love. Heather is currently studying Fine Arts at UTAS.