The impact of Mirka and Georges Mora on Australian art and food has been remarkable.Arriving in Melbourne in 1951 from Paris, they energised local society and transformed the culinary and artistic landscapes.
Their apartment became a hub for the bohemian set, and their cafes and restaurants brimmed with sophisticated food, sexual intrigue and creative endeavours. Mirka's distinctive art, now collected by major galleries, was a vital part of this heady mix.
Their eateries were magnets to the rich and famous, a who's who of the art world and those looking for a seriously good time. Mick Jagger was a customer. As were Bob Dylan, Barry Humphries, Jean Shrimpton, Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Marlene Dietrich, Fred Astaire, Maurice Chevalier and Graham Kennedy.
Launched in the year of Mirka's 90th birthday, Mirka & Georges gloriously illustrates the Moras' extraordinary story, with the couple's classic French recipes, photographs from family albums and images from Mirka's studio by internationally renowned photographer Robyn Lea.
About the Authors
Lesley Harding is a curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art. She has held curatorial positions at the Arts Centre, Melbourne and National Art School, Sydney, and regularly publishes and lectures on modernist and contemporary Australian art. Her work has appeared in Art and Australia, Art Monthly Australia, Artlink and Meanjin. She has written several books on Australian art and social history, including Cubism and Australian Art (with Sue Cramer) and Sunday's Kitchen: Food and Living at Heide, Sunday's Garden: Growing Heide and Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed (all with Kendrah Morgan). In 2016 she published Margaret Preston: Recipes for Food and Art.
Kendrah Morgan has been a curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne since 2003. Her previous position was Assistant Curator, New Zealand and International Art, at Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand, from 1998-2002. Before then she worked in the commercial gallery sector and lectured in art history, with a focus on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture.
Number Of Pages: 277
Available: 1st October 2018
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Country of Publication: AU