Farewell to Mirka Mora

A State Memorial will be held to celebrate the life of the late Mirka Mora (18 March 1928 – 27 August 2018), on Tuesday 25 September at the Palais Theatre, in St Kilda. It will be a celebration of Mirka’s bold, brave and colourful life, drawing inspiration from her irreverent character and passion for food, art and fun.

The service will recognise Mirka’s significant and unique contribution to Melbourne’s cultural and culinary scene  Relatives, friends, representatives of organisations, and members of the public are encouraged to attend from 1.00pm with the service commencing at 2.00pm.

Parisian-born Mirka Mora was instrumental in creating Bohemian Melbourne in the 50s and the 60s. Till late in her life, Mirka Mora never ceased to produce highly recognisable works, bold, colourful and  full of symbolism. She constantly revisited her repertoire of recurring motifs—innocent, wide-eyed children, angels, dogs, cats, snakes and birds, and hybrids of animals and humans. A large number of her works are in the permanent collection of the Heide Museum of Modern Art, in the National Gallery of Australia, and in the National Gallery of Victoria.

If you are strolling in the streets of St Kilda, don’t miss the external mural in Acland Street, the internal mural in Tolarno’s restaurant. or her mosaic seat on the St Kilda foreshore. In the city, you will see her large mural prominently displayed at Flinders Street Station.

The French Repulic granted Mirka Mora with the insignia of Officier des Arts et des Lettres in 2002. A remarkable lady has left us…