MCA Commemorates Arts Benefactor Loti Smorgon

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by M.C.A. on Wednesday 21 August 2013.

The MCA and its community of supporters are today commemorating the contribution of one of the Museum’s most generous philanthropists, Loti Smorgon AO, who has passed away.

Mrs Smorgon was a long term patron of the arts who in 1995 together with her husband,
Victor Smorgon, donated 149 contemporary Australian works to the MCA Collection.
Most recently, the creation of a sculpture terrace for the Museum realised a long-held
desire by Mrs Smorgon to support Australian sculptural works and was made possible
through her donation to the MCA’s 2012 capital campaign. Named the Loti Smorgon
Sculpture Terrace, it marked a special relationship between the Smorgon family and the
MCA.
MCA Chairman Simon Mordant AM said: “We are very sad to have lost such a generous and
widely loved benefactor. As a life member of the MCA, Loti was considered a key part of our
‘Museum family’. Her extraordinary legacy will ensure her contribution to contemporary art
islong remembered.”
MCA Acting Director Michael Snelling said: “Loti Smorgon’s generosity in art donation
through The Loti and Victor Smorgon Gift, a significant part of the MCA Collection, and the
Loti Smorgon Sculpture Terrace, has given visitors to the Museum the opportunity to be
both moved and thrilled by Australian art. Her passing is an immense loss to the arts
community and particularly the MCA.On behalf of the Museum of Contemporary Art
Australia I would like to express our condolences to the Smorgon family.”
To honour the memory of Loti SmorgonAO, the MCA has installed Linda Marrinon’s O (1989), oil on
canvas, which was donated throughThe Loti and Victor Smorgon Gift, on the Museum’s Level 2
foyer.