Mirka & Georges

A Culinary Affair

Lesley Harding, Kendrah Morgan
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Mirka & Georges

A Culinary Affair

Lesley Harding, Kendrah Morgan

Meet the legendary Mirka and Georges Mora, with classic French recipes, untold anecdotes, photographs and Mirka’s sensuous and colourful artworks.

Meet the legendary Mirka and Georges Mora, with classic French recipes, untold anecdotes, photographs and Mirka's sensuous and colourful artworks.
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…
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.

Bon vivants Mirka and Georges brought an exciting new voice and vision to Australia's cultural life.”
Chris Wallace-Crabbe

If I manage to create a legacy half as spectacular as [Mirka] and Georges, I'll be as sweet as a Fountainbleau.”
Lisa Gorman

Lesley Harding

Lesley Harding

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

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Kendrah Morgan

Kendrah Morgan

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.

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