MIRKA

MIRKA showcases Heide’s collection of works by one of Melbourne’s best-loved personalities and artists, Mirka Mora.

Art Exhibition previously on at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Australia.
From Saturday 23 October 2010 to Sunday 01 May 2011

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Arriving in Melbourne from Paris in 1951, Mirka and her husband Georges contributed significantly to the local art scene and the city’s gradual transformation into a sophisticated metropolis. Her studio at 9 Collins Street became a hub for Melbourne’s bohemian set, which transferred to Mirka Café in Exhibition Street and later the Moras’ other restaurants, Balzac and Tolarno.

Mirka’s art is characterised by a sensuous, colourful naïve style and an idiosyncratic iconography of recurring motifs, including angels, children, cats, dogs, birds and snakes. As well as painting and drawing she has worked in mosaic, soft sculpture and doll-making. Many of the artworks in this exhibition were once in the collection of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed and are inscribed with delightful personal messages, tracing the development of an enduring friendship.

A highlight of the exhibition will be a new large scale painting executed by the artist on the windows of the Heide I farmhouse.