Two Sisters, A Singular Vision
Celebrating the Gifts of Margaret and Cathryn Mittelheuser

18 Jul 2020 – 31 Jan 2021
QAG | Gallery 14 | Free

‘Two Sisters, A Singular Vision’ celebrates the sustained and generous patronage by Margaret Mittelheuser AM (1931-2013) and Cathryn Mittelheuser AM. Their support began in 1985, and this exhibition features a selection from their enduring legacy of over 100 works. Though they have supported the acquisition of key works across many areas of the Collection, the Gallery’s holdings of Indigenous Australian Art, particularly works by female artists, have benefitted most significantly through their gifts.

As pioneers in the male-dominated fields of stockbroking and science, the Mittelheuser sisters’ early professional experiences mirrored those of many women of that era. With their naturally progressive attitudes they were quick to challenge expectations that implied they weren’t on equal terms with male employees, and encouraged other women to succeed by ignoring distractions and hindrances.

With this exhibition and accompanying catalogue we honour Margaret and Cathryn Mittelheuser as true friends of art and artists, and for their quietly consistent support of QAGOMA, immeasurably enriching Queensland’s cultural life through their generosity.


Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori / Dibirdibi Country 2008

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Australia b.c.1924–2015 / Dibirdibi Country 2008 / Synthetic polymer paint on linen / 200 x 600cm / Purchased 2008 with funds from Margaret Mittelheuser AM and Cathryn Mittelheuser AM through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda/Copyright Agency.

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori / Dibirdibi Country 2012

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Australia b.c.1924–2015 / Dibirdibi Country 2012 / Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / Four panels: 121 x 121cm (each); 121 x 484cm (installed) / Purchased 2014 with funds from Margaret Mittelheuser AM and Cathryn Mittelheuser AM through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda/Copyright Agency.

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