The most expansive exhibition of Mirka Mora’s works ever is coming to the Jewish Museum of Australia

The most expansive exhibition of Mirka Mora’s works ever is coming to the Jewish Museum of Australia

Words by Kate Streader

The landmark exhibition will hit the Jewish Museum this December.

Marking its first major showcase since the COVID-19 shutdowns, the Jewish Museum of Australia will present MIRKA this December, an exhibition exploring the works and personal history of the late Mirka Mora. The most expansive survey of her work ever, MIRKA will feature previously unseen pieces to highlight her fascinating life and seminal influence on Australia’s art scene.

The exhibition will transform the Jewish Museum into an immersive ‘Mirka-world’, showcasing letters, sketchbooks, diaries and interviews from the Jewish Holocaust Centre archives to tell her incredible story. Mora’s family have also lent the museum never before exhibited works from her studio and private collection to help provide a comprehensive look at her 70-year strong career as an artist.

Migrating to Australia from Paris in 1947 after escaping Nazi-occupied France, Mora quickly found her place within Melbourne’s art scene. In her later years, her work became woven into the city’s identity through various murals and public artworks such as her design on one of Melbourne’s very first Art Trams in 1978.

“It feels enormously poignant that the Jewish Museum of Australia’s milestone project for 2020 is a celebration of the life and legacy of iconic artist Mirka Mora,” says Jessica Bram, Director and CEO of the Museum.

“Beloved and remembered as much for her extraordinary career and contribution to cosmopolitan Melbourne for her remarkable joie de vivre, Mirka gifts each of us the magic of hope and resilience. We’re privileged to tell her story in this expanded and deeply personal way.”

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Since closing, we’ve been sending you weekly #LoveLetters to inspire hope & resilience. In this, our last dispatch, we are enormously excited to present you with the ultimate gift as we emerge from this unprecedented time: a celebration of the iconic artist Mirka Mora (1928–2018) opening in December 2020.⠀ ⠀ In partnership with @WMoraGalleries & supported by @HeideMoma, our exhibition will showcase never-before-seen treasures from Mora’s archive & studio, as well as the recently acquired #MirkaforMelbourne collection. ⠀ ⠀ A window into her early years in Paris, survival of the Holocaust, migration to Australia & legacy as a much-loved artist & mother of cosmopolitan Melbourne, MIRKA will fill you up with love for art, family, food & our great city.⠀ ⠀ Mora’s son William once said: ‘Mirka belonged to everyone.’ We can’t wait to share her story & your stories once back at Alma Road, prepare to immerse yourself in #mirkamagic!⠀ Learn more at the links in bio 📷 @MildredandDuck #jewmu #jewishmuseum #mirka #mirkamora #art #australia #museumsathome #togetherapart #weilluminate

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MIRKA opens in December at The Jewish Museum of Australia. For more information, visit the museum website

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