Archive for 2014

Marie-Louise Motesiczky The Mother Paintings – USA/New York.
7 October – 24 December 2014

Marie-Louise Motesiczky. The Travelers. 1940. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated, lower right. 26 ¼” x 30” (66.7 x 75.3 cm). Schlenker 50.

Marie-Louise Motesiczky. The Travelers. 1940. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated, lower right. 26 ¼” x 30” (66.7 x 75.3 cm). Schlenker 50.

Noted art historian Ernst Gombrich compared Marie-Louise Motesiczky’s paintings of her mother, Henriette, to the work of Albrecht Dürer. The Nobel Laureate Elias Canetti considered these portraits among the major artistic achievements of 20th century.

Created over a period of fifty years, Motesiczky’s mother paintings document Henriette’s journey from a life of aristocratic privilege in fin-de-siècle Vienna to exile and isolation in wartime and postwar England. The portraits may be considered a visual counterpart to Edmund de Waal’s acclaimed Holocaust memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes. Marie-Louise Motesiczky and her mother, relatives of de Waal, experienced similar losses as a result of the Nazi Anschluss. Yet ultimately, the mother paintings tell a story of survival; they are a tribute to the triumph of the human spirit.

MARIE-LOUISE MOTESICZKY: The Mother Paintings is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the subject. Comprising seventeen oils and eighteen drawings depicting Henriette at various stages of her life, the presentation includes loans from the Arts Council Collection, South Bank Centre, London; the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; the Manchester City Galleries, Manchester; Tate; and an anonymous Swiss collector.

The Mother Paintings Exhibition
Date: 7 October – 24 December 2014
Galerie St Etienne, 24 West 57th Street, New York, USA

Tricycle Theatre

The Tricycle is a local theatre with an international vision which reflects the diversity of the surrounding community in the London borough of Brent where 130 languages are spoken, the most diverse of any local authority area in Europe. With the support of the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust over a three-year period from 2014-17, Tricycle will be continuing its highly successful programme Minding the Gap, a drama-based project  that engages 200 young (11-18yrs) Brent residents each year, all of whom have recently migrated to the UK and have little or no English. Participants are refugees or asylum seekers and many, especially girls, have had very little schooling.  After working collaboratively over a year, students come together to create and perform a piece of theatre at the Tricycle. Minding the Gap provides a unique opportunity for isolated young migrants to develop spoken and written English and to help address some of the emotional issues associated with transition and migration.

Tate Archive

The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust is funding a 17 month post at Tate Archive to catalogue and translate Marie-Louise von Motesiczky’s archives (TGA 20129) housed at Tate Britain. Bianca Rossmann, who has been appointed to the post, was born in Austria and completed a course in Musicology (MPhil) at the University of Graz prior to her postgraduate qualification (MA) in Archives and Records Management at University College London in 2012. She has experience of translation work and has worked for a variety of archival organisations, most recently completing the cataloguing of the personal papers of Barbara Hepworth at Tate Archive. Information on access to the Motesiczky papers can be found in the  Archives section.

Cellist Alexander Rolton awarded first Karl Motesiczky Scholarship

Cellist Alexander RoltonTalented young cellist Alexander Rolton has been awarded the first Karl Motesiczky Scholarship. Alex will receive funding to complete his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with additional support after graduation. As part of a partnership between the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust and Help Musicians UK, this major new opportunity is available to exceptionally talented cellists on the cusp of a professional career. The awards commemorate Karl Motesiczky (1904-1943), brother of Marie-Louise, and a gifted cellist who died in Auschwitz.

At audition Alex impressed a panel of top string players including London Symphony Orchestra principals Rebecca Gilliver and Paul Silverthorne.

Alongside his studies, Alex is already developing a performing career in the UK and Europe. At the Academy he has won prizes in the Herbert Walenn Solo Bach Competition, the Wilfrid Parry Brahms Sonata Prize and the Florence Hooten Concerto Competition with Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Roccoco Variations. In his final year at the Academy Alex will be specialising in historical performance, exploring the baroque cello and classical performance practice.



20 MARCH – 18 APRIL 2014

Work produced at HMP Grendon during the four-year artist-in residence programme funded by the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust 2010-14, was on display at The Guardian and Observer, King’s Place, London N1 9GU.

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust funds new opportunity for emerging cellists through Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK has joined forces with the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust to support exceptionally talented cellists as they enter the music profession.The new four-year partnership sees the creation of major postgraduate awards to commemorate Marie-Louise’s brother Karl Motesiczky (1904-1943), a gifted amateur cellist who died in Auschwitz.

Research by Help Musicians UK has highlighted the challenges facing musicians on the cusp of the profession. Every year it supports more than 100 top young musicians with the vast costs of postgraduate training. But access to funding, advice and support in the first couple of years after conservatoire study is crucially needed to help them on the path to a sustainable professional career. With funding from the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, Help Musicians UK will be able offer three exceptional cellists in the final year of postgraduate study a three-year package of support worth up to £9,000 each. Each Karl Motescizky scholar will identify a mentor to support them after graduation, and they will also benefit from dedicated showcase opportunities.

Help Musicians UK is the working name of the Musicians Benevolent Fund. Registered Charity No. 22808