Mora, Mirka (1928-)

Also known as
Mora, Mirka (1928-2018)
Mora, Mirka Madeleine (1928-)
Mora, Mirka Madeleine (1928-2018)
Zelik, Mirka Madeleine (1928-2018)
Field of activity
Artist; Sculptor; Restaurateur; Author; Textile Artist / Fashion Designer; Painter; Draughtsman; Ceramist; Doll Maker; Embroiderer
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35703747
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-557842

Biographies

In 1998 Mirka Mora was awarded the title of Honoured Artist, by the Lord Mayor and councillors of the City of Melbourne, 'in recognition of lifelong achievement in the arts which has made an outstanding contribution to the life of this city'. Born in Paris, France, Mora with her husband Georges and son Philippe arrived in Australia in 1951. Over time their cafes and restaurants, The Mirka Café, the Balzac and the Tolarno were renowned for the bohemian style of the time. In 1999, a retrospective of her work was shown at Heide Museum of Modern Art and her autobiography was published in October 2000.

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Mirka Mora’s joyeous experimental art gave a bohemian flavour to Melbourne life, both with her former husband, the resistance fighter and restaurateur Georges, and then with her wide circle of friends and extended family.

Mirka Mora, the artist whose joie de vie enlivened Melbourne for many years, was born in Paris in 1928, the daughter of Lithuanian Jews, Leon Zelik and Celia Gelbein.After the Nazis invaded Paris she and her mother were arrested in the Velodrome d’Hiver roundup of 1942, the largest French deportation of Jews of the Holocaust, and taken by train to a concentration camp in Pithviers. Through a combination of fortunate events which included the kindness of strangers and her father’s ingenuity, they were released. Most of their fellow prisoners died at Auschwitz.In 1947 she married Georges Mora, who had been a fighter in the French Resistance and in 1951 they emigrated to Australia with their baby son Philippe, settling in Melbourne. They were by instinct urban dwellers so found an apartment at 9 Collins Street. It had a distinguished history as it had been used as a studio by Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin. They soon opened Mirka Cafe in Exhibition Street, where good food and sparking conversation made it a drawcard for Melbourne’s creative intelligentisia. Soon it was also exhibiting art painted by the habitues and their friends. Sunday Reed organized a rare exhibition of Joy Hester’s work. Charles Blackman held his first exhibition there. She combined her work in the cafe with parenthood, but always was making her art. She painted, drew, embroidered, made amusing lascivious dolls, decorated ceramics. There were no barriers with her art.In the late 1960s they moved to St Kilda to the Tolarno Hotel ...

  • 1951

Flourished

  • fl. 1951 - 2006

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Mirka Madeleleine Zelik was born in Paris, France in 1928; arrested in 1942 during the Vel' d"Hiv Roundup, but was released from concentration camp at Pithiviers and avoided further arrest by hiding in the forests of France; she moved to Melbourne with her husband Georges Mora; the family owned cafes which were focal points for Melbourne's bohemian subculture; she was a friend of John and Sunday Reed, and spent time at the artists' colony Heide (now the Heide Museum of Modern Art); she has 3 sons; in 2002 Mora was made an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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Design and Art Australia Online

  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT

    <p>3 dec arts, 5 drawings, 1 textile, 13 illus. books, 1 painting, 109 theatre arts) et al.</p>

  • Embroideries of Mirka Mora
  • Mirka Mora: where angels fear to tread: 50 years of art 1948-1998
  • Women at Watters
  • Mirka Mora
  • Mirka Mora: Paintings: 'The Finding of Erichthonius'
  • Project 20: Fabric Art
  • Herald outdoor art show 1959
  • (see also) Officier des Arts et des Lettres
  • (see also) Mora, Georges
  • (see also) Mora, William
  • (see also) Mora, Philip
  • (see also) Mora, Tiriel
  • (see also) Blackman, Charles
  • (see also) Reed, Sunday
  • (see also) Reed, John
  • (see also) Bastin, Henri
  • (see also) Maguire, Eric
  • (see also) Olsen, John
  • (see also) Williams, Caroline
  • (see also) Two Figures and Bird

Libraries Australia

  • (see also) Tolarno Galleries; Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; Mirka Café; Café Balzac; The Tolarno

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Mora, Mirka
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Much-loved Melbourne artist Mirka Mora dies aged 90
    Cuthbertson, Debbie
    [2018]
  3. Contemporary Australian Women 1996/97
    [Port Melbourne (Vic.)]
    Published: Reed Reference Australia
  4. Who's Who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Crown Content
  5. Who's Who of Australian Women
    Lofthouse, Andrea
    [North Ryde (NSW)]
    Published: Methuen Australia
  6. The Good Looker : [Mirka Mora Interview : Source Material]
    Series: National Film and Sound Archive
    Mirka Mora discusses her friendship with artist Joy Hester and memories of Hester's life. -- General note: Title of transcript has Mora's surname incorrectly spelt as 'Mona'.
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Resources by Mirka Mora (29)

  1. Mirka Mora : works 1957-1987 : [exhibition held] William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Book : 1987 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  2. Mirka Mora : artist file
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Book ]
    At Nat Portrait Gall
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  3. Mirka Mora interviewed by Sheridan Palmer in the Australian art from 1950 to the present oral history project
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Sound : 2012 ]
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    At National Library
    Mirka Mora interviewed by Sheridan Palmer in the Australian art from 1950 to the present oral history project
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  4. Mirka Mora : works 1957-1987
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Book : 1987 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  5. Mirka Mora interviewed by Barbara Blackman
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Sound : 1984 ]
    At National Library
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  6. Mirka Mora interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Sound : 1965 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 102,021.719)

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  7. Mirka / [exhibition curator Kendrah Morgan]
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Book : 2010 ]
    At 3 libraries
    Mirka / [exhibition curator Kendrah Morgan]
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  8. Four letters and related items from Mirka Mora to Christopher Sexton :
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Unpublished : 1991-1999 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  9. Mirka Mora paintings1966-2012 : Melbourne Art Fair 1-5 August 2012 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Australia / Mirka Mora
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Book : 2012 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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  10. Summer School with Mirka Mora
    Melbourne College of Advanced Education. Carlton Campus. Media Services
    [ Video : 1986 ]
    At Uni of Melb Library
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  1. Mirka Mora : works 1957-1987 : [exhibition held] William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Book : 1987 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  2. Mirka Mora : artist file
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Book ]
    At Nat Portrait Gall
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  3. Mirka Mora interviewed by Sheridan Palmer in the Australian art from 1950 to the present oral history project
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Sound : 2012 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Mirka Mora interviewed by Sheridan Palmer in the Australian art from 1950 to the present oral history project
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  4. Mirka Mora : works 1957-1987
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Book : 1987 ]
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  5. Mirka Mora interviewed by Barbara Blackman
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Sound : 1984 ]
    At National Library
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  6. Mirka Mora interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Sound : 1965 ]
    At National Library
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  7. Mirka / [exhibition curator Kendrah Morgan]
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Book : 2010 ]
    At 3 libraries
    Mirka / [exhibition curator Kendrah Morgan]
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  8. Mirka Mora paintings1966-2012 : Melbourne Art Fair 1-5 August 2012 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Australia / Mirka Mora
    Mora, Mirka, 1928-2018
    [ Book : 2012 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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  9. Mirka Mora with a baby in a sling, Collins Street, Melbourne, ca. 1955 / Sarah Chinnery
    Chinnery, Sarah Johnston, 1887-1970
    [ Photograph : 1937-1970 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
    View online
    At National Library
    Mirka Mora with a baby in a sling, Collins Street, Melbourne, ca. 1955 / Sarah Chinnery
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 90,817.562)

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  10. Summer School with Mirka Mora
    Melbourne College of Advanced Education. Carlton Campus. Media Services
    [ Video : 1986 ]
    At Uni of Melb Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 90,561.547)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 90,561.547)

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    ... Mora, Mirka Madeleine ... Mora, Georges ... Georges Mora. (His first wife was Mirka Mora .) Williams’s exhibitions include Lovers , Museum of ...
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    Le Courrier Australien (Sydney, NSW : 1892 - 2011) Wednesday 1 October 2003 p 36 Article
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  3. MIRKA MORA HAS A WALL She's so excited she can't sleep
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Sunday 6 October 1985 p 74 Article Illustrated
    ... Melbourne's most enchanting creatures is Mirka Mora. God has passed a wand over her. She has never grown a ... be adorned, beautified, painted upon. Mirka Mora has a wall right now. She is so excited she cannot ... 2036 words
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  2. Bookplate Mirka Mora
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  1. CERTIFICATES OF NATURALISATION
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 15 February 1968 [Issue No.16] p 859

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    ... Camberwell, 2 8 67, Mohelnik, Frantisek, 8 Acacia Street, East Camberwell, 2 8 67, Mora, Mirka Madeleine ... 1836 words
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  2. CERTIFICATES OF NATURALIZATION.
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    ... , 29 9 65; Montalti, Marghenta, 54 Cedar-street, Thomastown, 4 10 65, Mora, Mirka Madeleine, Flat 1, 9 ... 3124 words
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  4. Dynasties - Mora Family
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