Mirka Mora: Pas De Deux

Mirka Mora: Pas De DeuxMirka Mora: Pas De Deux


A beloved and central figure in the cultural life of Australia, Mirka Mora has long captured the public imagination with her distinctive art and inimitable personality.

In celebration of Mirka's 90th birthday, this exhibition brings together some of the artist's most personal work: drawings and soft-sculpture dolls from her home and studio where she has kept them close for many decades. For Mirka these two art forms go hand-in-hand. ‘My dolls are my drawings in three-dimensions', she says.

The myriad works on display offer a glimpse into Mirka's enchanting private universe, where hybrid characters derived from fairy tales, folk art, surrealism and the artist's vivid daydreams intermingle. Together they create a compelling portrait of Mirka's innermost self.

Date: 27 October 2018 - 24 March 2019
Location: Heide III: Central Galleries
Curator/s: Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan
Admission: Included with Museum Pass


A doll's house at Heide

NAVIGATING a path through the labyrinth that was Mirka Mora's studio, Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan were always enchanted by her brightly coloured canvases teeming with nymphs, angels and animals.

But these senior curators at Heide Museum of Modern Art were just as enamoured with Mirka's many sketchbooks and soft sculptures.

'These were things Mirka didn't normally reveal to people,' Morgan says.

Melbourne's most cherished artist, Mirka died two months ago at the age of 90 and to honour her remarkable life - and art - Heide is staging a 'very personal exhibition' .

Comprising hundreds of objects, big and small, Pas de Deux - Drawings and Dolls is drawn almost entirely from Mirka's studio and promises to offer 'a glimpse into Mirka's enchanting private universe where hybrid characters derived from fairytales, folk art, surrealism and the artist's vivid daydreams intermingle'' .

Harding and Morgan have been especially interested in charting Mirka's development as an artist and say 'as she gained confidence, her drawings became exrordinarily detailed and intricate. Quite magical, really' .

Coinciding with the exhibition is Mirka & Georges, a new book by Harding and Morgan which locates Mirka and husband Georges at the centre of an emerging bohemia in 1950s and '60s Melbourne. The most powerful chapters in it relate to Mirka's dark wartime experiences and confirm Morgan's view that 'there was a serious side to Mirka ... it wasn't just whimsy.'

Mirka's love affair with dolls (' they are like drawings in three dimensions' ) can be read as an attempt to reclaim her lost childhood but the big soft sculptures she made in the 1970s and '80s often only had one purpose: to delight people.

Inspecting an exhibition of Mirka dolls in South Yarra, Heide's John Reed compared it to a 'parallel universe' .

The makers of Pas de Deux hope to capture some of that joyous spirit.

Source: This article is from the October 25, 2018 issue of The Herald Sun Digital Edition
The Herald Sun Digital Edition: A doll's house at Heide

When & Where

Date/s: Saturday 27th October 2018 - Sunday 24th March 2019

Times: Tues-Frid 10am-5pm | Sat/Sun/Public 12-5pm

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 Heide | Museum of Modern Art  Events 7 Events
⊜ 7 Templestowe Rd Bulleen | Map
Heide | Museum of Modern Art7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen, , 3105
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