THE WORLD OF MORTIMER MENPES
Now showing until 7 September 2014
This major exhibition pays tribute to the artistic accomplishments of Mortimer Menpes
(1855-1938). The exhibition is the first retrospective of Menpes’ work and sheds new
light on his artistic practice. It includes his work in all media – paintings, prints,
drawings and ceramics – and is supported by archival photographs and material.
Menpes was an Adelaide-born artist who moved to London in 1875 and forged a successful career as an artist in Britain, living there for the rest of his life. During the 1880s and 1890s he travelled to Japan, India, Burma, Morocco, Cairo, Mexico and Venice, holding exhibitions upon his return to London. During this period he also built and decorated a famous Japanese-style house in Cadogan Garden which became a hub for artistic soirées, and to which British society flocked to sit for their portraits. Menpes was a prolific painter and printmaker and this exhibition will bring together many of his finest works for Australian audiences for the first time.
AN AFTERNOON WITH MORTIMER MENPES
Saturday 6 September, 2pm
On the penultimate day of the exhibition, hear four speakers present their perspectives on Menpes. Exhibition Curator Julie Robinson will present her final perspectives on the exhibition; John Payne, Senior Conservator of Painting, National Gallery of Victoria, will speak about Menpes’s frames; Dr Gary Morgan, art historian and author, will talk about Menpes’s prints and Maria Zagala, Associate Curator, Prints Drawings & Photographs will speak about Menpes’s interest in colour printing and book publishing. It’s a great opportunity to hear from our experts first-hand, gain further insight and pose a question or two about this significant Australian artist.
2pm Julie Robinson considers his career overall: his artistic philosophy, methods and legacy
2.30pm John Payne, speaks about Menpes’s innovative framing techniques
3.pm Dr Gary Morgan discusses Menpes’s prints
3.30pm Maria Zagala explores Menpes’s interest in colour printing and book publishing
When: Saturday 6 September, 2-4pm
Where: Radford Auditorium
Bookings essential: Call 08 8207 7035
See the full exhibition program including tours, talks and special events here
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detail: Mortimer Menpes, Britain/Australia, 1855–1938, Reading, c.1898–99, London, drypoint, printed in coloured inks on paper, 21.8 x 26.4 cm (plate), Private collection, England