Margot McKinney’s ‘World of Wonder’ opens at the Museum of Brisbane

Emma McLean, MoB Ass Curator, Margot McKinney, and Louise Martin-Chew, Lead Curator, at the Margot McKinney: World of Wonder exhibition, Museum of Brisbane, 18 June to 6 November 2022.

After 18 months of meetings, planning, interviews, writing, and enormous commitment from both the Museum of Brisbane and Margot McKinney and her team, an exhibition that traces Margot’s life’s work has opened, described by MoB director Renai Grace as ‘the most ambitious exhibition the Museum has ever undertaken’. It offers a rare experience to see the most incredible pearls, opals and gems from all over the world, of rare size and quality, in spaces designed to reflect the natural origins of these ‘miracles of nature’. I was honoured to work with the MoB team and Margot to curate the exhibition (with MoB Associate Curator Emma McLean) and write the accompanying book which relates a few of the stories that have informed Margot’s life and artistry. Available now from Museum of Brisbane shop, $85.00.

Margot McKinney: World of Wonder by Louise Martin-Chew, published Museum of Brisbane, 2022

World of Wonder: Margot McKinney, 2022.