In a landmark exhibition, the Jewish Museum of Australia: Gandel Centre of Judaica, in partnership with William Mora Galleries and supported by Heide Museum of Modern Art, presents MIRKA – the most expansive survey of work by the late Mirka Mora (1928–2018) ever shown, and an intimate, previously unseen view into her rich and fascinating personal history.
Marking its first major showcase exhibition since COVID-19 lockdowns, the Museum is re-emerging to illuminate the incredible life and work of an artist whose seminal influence on Australia’s art and culture is unrivalled.
MIRKA transforms the Jewish Museum into an immersive ‘Mirka-world’ that reflects the artist’s trademark mischievousness and bohemian spirit, and shares her powerful story in vivid detail, as told through her many letters, sketchbooks and diaries, and through recorded interviews from the Jewish Holocaust Centre archives.
Gandel Foundation is the Principal Supporter of the exhibition, continuing the tradition of supporting landmark exhibitions of the Jewish Museum, including Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses in 2014-15 and Amy Winehouse – A Family Portrait in 2017-18.
‘It feels enormously poignant that the Jewish Museum of Australia – Gandel Centre of Judaica’s milestone project for 2020-21 is a celebration of the life and legacy of our truly iconic artist Mirka Mora,’ says Jessica Bram, Director & CEO of the Museum. ‘Beloved and remembered as much for her extraordinary career and contribution to cosmopolitan Melbourne as for her remarkable joie de vivre, Mirka’s gift was the magic of hope and resilience.’
A story of survival and migration, interspersed with a generous dose of family, art, food and love, Mirka Mora’s history is a profoundly affecting post-Holocaust Australian Jewish tale which, until now, has not been presented with such depth and scope.
Featuring never-exhibited works from the private collections of the Mora family and Mirka’s studio and archives, alongside pieces from the Mirka collection recently acquired by the Heide Museum of Modern Art, MIRKA offers the most comprehensive picture of the artist’s life and 70-year-long career, with fresh insights into her creativity, and allowing audiences old and new to discover her life and artistry like never before.
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