Visual Arts & Design

Spira_II, Year: 1964© Neue Galerie, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria

Spira_II, Year: 1964© Neue Galerie, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria

Mela Hartwig

Mela Hartwig

Mela Hartwig-Spira: The Memory Garden

8 November – 20 January 2012 | Austrian Cultural Forum London

In the late 1920s, Austrian writer Mela Hartwig-Spira was one of the most promising young literary talents in Austria. Being Jewish and leftwing, she and her husband fled to London, when Hitler annexed Austria. In the struggle to establish a new life, fellow writer Virginia Woolf proved supportive. Since her career as a writer had come to an end, Mela vented her frustration in painting. In 1948 the Spiras turned their backs on post-war Austria for good. They took three little conifers from their former homeland, which they planted in their garden in London. This exhibition will present a selection of Mela Hartwig-Spira’s artistic works.