Older woman smiling holding a red paint pot and brush.

Being Mirka

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Explores the many wonderful facets of Melbourne’s cultural icon Mirka Mora through precious objects from the Museum’s Mirka Mora collection.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Mirka Mora’s arrival in Australia, this installation presents objects from Mirka’s former Richmond studio to reveal her journey of personal discovery – from post-World War II migrant to one of Melbourne’s most beloved cultural figures.

Mirka was all about being herself – her fashion style, her artistic practice, her friendships and creative circles, and her food culture. She was a non-conformist, a free spirit, and always true to her very unique, creative identity. The very act of migrating with her husband Georges was an act of self-preservation and re-invention. And by being herself, she helped to transform Melbourne into a cosmopolitan city.

Being Mirka features a range of Museums Victoria collection objects including clothing, painting tools and equipment, sewing and embroidery material and equipment, an unfinished artwork, miniature dolls, toys and furniture. The Immigration Museum has also been fortunate to obtain permission to create a projection of some wonderful photographs from the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Albert Tucker Foundation and John Gollings collections which further bring Mirka’s magical world to life.

The installation also includes an exciting new artwork by Melbourne artist Abbey Rich, commissioned by the Immigration Museum.

The Being Mirka Visual Art Commission is a temporary site-specific work commissioned for Immigration Museum Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours exhibition wall The Commission is inspired by the pop-up exhibition and reflective of Mirka Mora’s creative practice, immigration journey and identity. Visitors can also participate in a creative hands-on activity which provides fun for all ages.

Mirka Mora Collection

In 2019 Museums Victoria acquired at auction some of Mirka's artist materials, sewing equipment, clothing and personal objects in order to represent this incredible life in the State heritage collection.

Banner image credit: Photographer – John Gollings


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