Tina Haim – Tina Haim-Wentscher – Tina Wentcher Sculptor: 1887-1974
24 July – 12 November
This exhibition surveys the life and work of Tina Wentcher, whose sculptures elegantly unite Eastern and Western aesthetic influences. The artist was born in 1887 in Constantinople and established herself as a significant sculptor in Berlin, before travelling extensively with her husband Julius throughout South East Asia. Here they produced numerous sculptures and paintings, including portraits of the local people and landscapes. After fleeing conflicts in Europe and Asia, the Wentchers arrived in Australia in 1940 and continued to produce work that brought together varied cultural and aesthetic influences. After several years of research, renowned curator Ken Scarlett has traced Wentcher’s sculptures in Germany, Greece, China, Singapore, North America and Australia, to be presented with McClelland’s representative collection of works by this somewhat overlooked figure in Australian sculpture.