Art

Two European Refugees in Melbourne

Dr Ursula Hoff AO OBE (1909–2005) was one of Australia’s most distinguished art historians and was, successively, a curator and associate director of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). She also taught in the University of Melbourne. After her retirement from the gallery, she served as adviser to the Felton Bequest based in London, and thus continued to enrich the range of art, particularly European art, locally accessible to the Australian public. The improvements on that front between 1939, when Hoff came to Australia as part of the diaspora of refugees from Nazified Europe, and her death in 2005, are…

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