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AUSTRIAN ARTIST: Amersham museum reopens with exhibit inspired by prosecuted artist

 Published on: 26th March 2024   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

The fruits of a near two-year project have now been put on display at Amersham Museum for residents to enjoy.

The museum reopened its doors on Saturday, March 9, launching its new exhibition space inspired by Austrian artist Marie-Louise von Motesiczky.

In autumn 2022, with the support of the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, Amersham Museum began work on the exhibition space.

In 1940, Vienna-born artist Marie-Louise von Motesiczky fled persecution and moved to Amersham with her mother and their housekeeper.

Frances Carey, chair of the charitable trust, said: “Amersham was Marie-Louise’s real introduction to Britain. She and her mother Henriette bought the house Cornerways, at 86 Chestnut Lane, and maintained close ties with the area until 1960.

“Marie-Louise continued painting throughout the war, returning often to visit her mother and use her studio at Cornerways, even after she rented a flat in West Hampstead from 1948 onwards.”

Marie-Louise in Amersham explores the artist’s time in the town, her family and intimate circle. It also examines the community on Chestnut Lane, who often became the subjects of her dramatic portraits.

The museum, which had been closed for the winter, now also features a timeline display showcasing people, places and events in the town, alongside objects from the museum’s collection.

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