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by Alison Muirhead (subscribe)
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Miffy celebrates her 65th birthday at QUT Art Gallery

What do Dick Bruna and James Bond have in common? It took a guided tour of the current Miffy & friends exhibition at the QUT Art Gallery to answer that riddle. Apparently, Mr Bruna's family publishing house called on him to design the covers for a variety of authors, including Ian Fleming and Simenon of Maigret fame.

Sarah, Public Programs Officer at QUT, took a group of Miffy fans around the exhibits and opened our eyes to the storybook nijntje's (little white bunny) background and beginnings. Bruna was a Dad who told bedtime stories to his son, and these transferred easily to the printed and illustrated word. In his brightly illustrated books which immediately appeal to the little folk, Bruna has been greatly influenced by the primary colours and collage cut-outs used by Matisse. You will never see a pink or purple in any of Bruna's Miffy books.

Dick Bruna's artistic influences,At The Gallery
At the Gallery

A bonus for Christmas shoppers was the bright commerce available - "Exit through the gift shop" as Banksy's movie entreats us. Available for sale were some inexpensive attractive stocking fillers. I chose the pencil case for an artistic member of the family, a bargain at $8.

Miffy commercial products,QUT Art Gallery
Christmas is coming

Also on display are Australian artworks heavily influenced by Bruna. Carla McCrae has constructed a number of miniatures which reflect various aspects of Bruna's artistic life. Of course, the typewriter dominates. Note the coloured keys. McCrae appreciates the fact that Bruna leaves a lot to the imagination with his simple minimalist drawings of basic shapes and primary colours.

Carla McCrea,QUT Art Gallery,homage to Dick Bruna and Miffy
Homage to Dick Bruna

Nell had a Miffy childhood. Which of the articles on display was an integral part of her early childhood? Clue: Her grandmother made it for her.

Nell,Dick Bruna,QUT Art Gallery,Brisbanee

Brian Robinson's linocut in typical Torres Strait Island artistic style also presents a puzzle. How many popular images from literature, gaming and movies can you find hidden in this artwork? What famous painting was his inspiration?

Brian Robinson,QUT Art Gallery,linocut,Brisbane,Bruna influence
I tought I taw a bunny wabbit

As a septuagenarian, I have become very techno in my old age and the age of Covid. My visit to Miffy & friends presented me with another opportunity to extend this knowledge through an app called Eyejack. This can be used to take advantage of several augmented reality squares strategically placed around the exhibition. These are an integral part of the Day out with Miffy activity geared to younger visitors, but I'm sure the older set will enjoy them also. Two activity sheets are available to guide the munchkins around the exhibits and involve them in the displays. A scavenger hunt will also keep them busy.

children,activity,Miffy,Eyejack,QUT Art Gallery,Brisbane
I see through EyeJack

Miffy is a worldwide phenomenon. Eighty-five million copies of 124 books have been printed in fifty different languages.

Miffy in many languages,QUT Art Gallery,Brisbane
An international language

Keep your cool and put the QUT Art Gallery on your list of cool things to do this coming cauldron of a summer.

Miffy,QUT Art Gallery,Brisbane
Come on in

QUT Art Gallery,Brisbane
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Why? To relive one's childhood and share the joys of Miffy with a young audience
When: Tue - Fri: 10am to 5pm; Sat & Sun: 12pm to 4pm
Phone: 07 3138 5370
Where: QUT Art Gallery, 2 George St, Brisbane
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Sound like a great exhibition Alison. Anything to get little eyes away from a screen is very worthwhile.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|1402) 49 days ago
Miffy 65? Wow that's hard to believe.
by May Cross (score: 3|7633) 49 days ago
by Alison Muirhead on 29/11/2020
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