EXHIBITION - Possessions briefly held in Childhood


The links of these two artists with Montsalvat and artists from the area are many and varied and speak to the vitality of the arts in the Nillumbik region in the 1940’s and beyond. 
Montsalvat is delighted to exhibit this selection of the works of Jim Minogue and Leon Saper from our recent acquisition. We are indebted to Michael Jörgensen for his generous gift of this work. Michael has had a lifelong association with Montsalvat. His father Eleff was Justus Jörgensen’s brother and Michael’s mother Madeleine was a student of Justus Jörgensen.
Michael has written and published a number of extremely informative books about the history of Montsalvat. In addition, the drawings of Jim Minogue have been affectionately documented in Michael Jörgensen’s book The Drawings of Jim Minogue (1989). The title for the exhibition was inspired by the following passage from this book,

After his death Jim’s colleagues at the Victorian Artist’s Society held a memorial exhibition of his works. It included oil paintings and many of his sketchbooks, spread out on tables with prices of one and two pounds each. I went along, sadly, a student with little cash, and came away with no purchases: what I then thought of as his “best” drawings seemed to have been already sold. I had lost touch with him over the last years of his life and now that he was gone felt a sort of gnawing regret about that, as one often does when an old friend dies. Years later, for me to re-discover a pile of those old books and loose sketches at his son David’s house was like finding a possession briefly held in childhood, lost and banished from memory for decades. (p. 47) 

'Possessions briefly held in childhood' is the first of several exhibitions planned to celebrate Michael Jörgensen’s significant gift to Montsalvat.