Jun-07 Melbourne: The Fortunes of my Viennese Family  

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Tim Bonyhady will speak on “The Fortunes of my Viennese Family”

Professor Tim Bonyhady is a cultural historian and environmental lawyer at the Australian National University.  He has curated exhibitions for the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia including Vienna: Art and Design at the NGV in 2011 and The National Picture: the Art of Tasmania’s Black Warat the NGA in Canberra. His many books include the prize-winning The Colonial Earth, and Good Living-Street: the Story of my Viennese Family.

Tim Bonyhady’s family were leading patrons of the arts in fin de siecle Vienna – Gustav Klimt painted his great-grandmother’s portrait, and Mahler was a family friend. Tim will tell us of the lives of three generations of women in his family and a lifestyle of luxury and privilege – until everything changed for Jewish families like his.

In 1938 his family fled Vienna for a small flat in suburban Sydney, taking with them the best private collection of art and design to escape the Nazis. That collection was substantially acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne in 1976, and not even Vienna’s Museum of Applied Arts has anything like it.

Thursday, 7thJune, 2018 at 7.30 pm


Temple Beth Israel

76 Alma Road, St Kilda

$8 members of AJHS

$10 non-members

Everyone welcome

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