VALE MAX ANTON JÖRGENSEN
All at Montsalvat were saddened to learn of the death, on 29 November, of Max Jörgensen, son of Justus Jörgensen and his wife Lily (née Smith), the founding figures of Montsalvat.
Max’s connection with Montsalvat was long and intimate. He enjoyed a Montsalvat childhood, celebrated in some of his father’s most moving portraits and still lifes. As an adult he took his own path, setting up a family life away from his childhood home, and establishing his own businesses. But his commitment to the Montsalvat tradition remained strong. Max became one of the four trustees of the Montsalvat Trust, which had been established after Justus Jörgensen’s death. He continued in that role, together with his fellow trustees, Sigmund Jörgensen, Phillip Adams and Peter Connolly, until 2006, when the new governing board of Montsalvat Ltd was established. He then took on a new responsibility, as a Director of Montsalvat Ltd, and served in that position until his untimely death.
During the 2005-6 transition from one phase of Montsalvat’s history to the next, Max provided both practical and psychological support, particularly to Montsalvat Ltd’s incoming CEO, Robyn Quigley. For the new Montsalvat Board, and for the directors who became his colleagues over the next decade, Max was a source of institutional memory, savvy business counsel, and genial companionship. We shall miss his loyalty and his friendship.
Montsalvat offers our deepest sympathies to Max’s wife, Mavis, and to all the members of his family.
Welcome to Montsalvat
Welcome to Montsalvat, where the life of art is lived and a fabled past meets a vibrant present. Montsalvat is Australia’s oldest continuously active artists’ community; a place where art in all its forms is made and taught, and art’s transformative power is celebrated in exhibitions, festivals, concerts, workshops and artists’ residencies.
Montsalvat is also a place of welcome to all – old and young, committed and curious. Everyone is invited to find peace and pleasure in Montsalvat’s lovingly tended gardens, enjoy Montsalvat’s exhibitions, its restaurant and hospitality, and marvel at its complex of buildings that evoke a European past while exemplifying a very Australian trait of recycling and architectural inventiveness.
Arts Community image: Camilla Tadich, Departed, courtesy of the artist and MARS Gallery