EXHIBITIONS    Tina Haim – Tina Haim-Wentscher – Tina Wentcher Sculptor: 1887-1974

McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery

24.07.17 to 12.11.17


 


Image: Tina Wentcher modelling a Malayan woman’s head c1936. Photographer unknown.

 

This exhibition celebrates the life and art of Tina Wentcher, a somewhat overlooked figure in Australian sculpture whose works elegantly unite Eastern and Western aesthetic influences. The artist was born in 1887 in Constantinople and established herself as a significant sculptor in Berlin, before travelling extensively with her husband Julius throughout South East Asia. Here they produced numerous sculptures and paintings, including portraits of the local people and landscapes. After fleeing conflicts in Europe and Asia, the Wentchers arrived in Australia in 1940 and continued to produce work that brought together varied cultural and aesthetic influences. After several years of research, renowned curator Ken Scarlett OAM has traced Wentcher’s sculptures in Germany, Greece, China, Singapore, North America and Australia, with this reseacrh and key loans to be presented with McClelland’s representative collection of works by the artist. 

This exhibition is generously supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation.

 

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