Iconic Melbourne artist, Mirka Mora is being celebrated at the Heide Museum of Modern Art with a major exhibition of her drawings, soft sculpture dolls and a publication that looks into Mirka and Georges Mora’s extraordinary lives and their effects on our city’s cultural and culinary landscapes.

Artistic Director at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Lesley Harding, says, “We are pleased to honour Mirka’s life and work in this exhibition, which has been in the planning for several years. It is a timely tribute to an artist who made an immense contribution to Australian cultural life. Mirka will be greatly missed, but she leaves a wonderful legacy through her art.’

The range of works in this exhibition give a glimpse of 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.

These works and more are in Mirka Mora: Pas de Deux – Drawings and Dolls which have all come from the artist’s home and studio, and which many will be on show for the first time. Mirka said, “My dolls are my drawings in three-dimensions.”

A beloved and central figure in the story of Heide and the cultural life of Australia, Mirka Mora long captured the public imagination with her distinctive art and inimitable personality. The acclaimed artist passed away on Monday 27 August 2018 at the age of 90.

The exhibition coincides with the release of a new book, Mirka & Georges: A Culinary Affair by Heide’s Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan. Released on 3 September, it surveys the vitalising effect the Parisian couple had on Australian art and food after their arrival in 1951, and includes classic French recipes, photographs, and Mirka’s sensuous and colourful artworks. Published by The Miegunyah Press, an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing, and Heide Museum of Modern Art.

Be sure to see our local artist’s artwork at Mirka Mora Pas de Deux – Drawings and Dolls at the Heidi Museum of Modern Art!


Dates: 27 October 2018 – 24 March 2019

Location: Heide Museum of Modern Art – 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Closed Mondays.

Admission Costs: Members free. Adult $20, Concession $15, Children (16 and under) free

Heidi Museum of Modern Art Website