detail: Mortimer Menpes, Britain/Australia, Outside a teahouse, Japan, 1887/88, Japan or London, watercolour, pencil on paper, 17.0 x 26.5 cm; Gift of Carol Adams, Ann Croser and Janice Pleydell through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation Collectors Club 2010, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

THE WORLD OF MORTIMER MENPES

14 June - 7 September 2014
Free admission

In June 2014 the Art Gallery of South Australia will hold a major exhibition that pays tribute to the artistic accomplishments of Mortimer Menpes (1855-1938).  The exhibition will be the first museum retrospective of Menpes’ work and will shed new light on his artistic practice.  It will include his work in all media – paintings, prints, drawings and ceramics – and will be 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.  

  Mortimer Menpes, Britain/Australia, Alone in a shoe shop, 1887/88, Japan or London, oil on card, 21.6 x 12.3 cm; South Australian Government Grant 1975, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Mortimer Menpes, Britain/Australia, Outside a teahouse, Japan, 1887/88, Japan or London, watercolour, pencil on paper, 17.0 x 26.5 cm; Gift of Carol Adams, Ann Croser and Janice Pleydell through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation Collectors Club 2010, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide