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Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture

June 30th – July 31st
Monday – Friday 10AM – 4PM


The exhibition traces Austrian-born Seidler’s key role in bringing Bauhaus principles to Australia and identifies his distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology.

This exhibit will open with a lecture from the exhibit curator Vladimir Belogolovsky and will be on display throughout the month of July.

Painting Toward Architecture is a traveling exhibition celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Harry Seidler, the leading Australian architect of the twentieth century. The exhibition traces Austrian-born Seidler’s key role in bringing Bauhaus principles to Australia and identifies his distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology.

The fifteen featured projects—five houses and five towers in Sydney, and five major commissions beyond Sydney—focus on Seidler’s lifelong creative collaborations, a pursuit he directly inherited from Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, with progressive artistic visionaries: architects Marcel Breuer and Oscar Niemeyer, engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, photographer Max Dupain, and artists Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Norman Carlberg, Sol LeWitt, Charles Perry, Frank Stella, and Lin Utzon.

This exhibition was developed by Intercontinental Curatorial Project with Penelope Seidler of the Seidler Architectural Foundation in Sydney and is presented through architectural models, sculpture maquettes, photographs, films, correspondence, books, scrapbooks, periodicals, drawings, and original sketches—provided by the architect’s family, Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, The Marcel Breuer Digital Archive at Syracuse University, and the private archives of artists Norman Carlberg, Charles Perry, and Lin Utzon.

Previous Exhibition Venues and Dates:

  • Museum of Estonian Architecture, Tallinn, Estonia:                Oct. 4 – Nov. 25, 2012
  • National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia Bulgaria:                     Dec. 20, 2012–Jan. 20, 2013
  • Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia:                        Feb. – March, 2013
  • AIA Center, Houston, USA:                                                               April 4 – May 31, 2013
  • Black Mountain College Museum, Asheville, NC, USA:          June 14 – Aug. 21, 2013
  • University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada:                            Sept. 12 – Oct. 10, 2013
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA:                      Nov.  8 – Dec. 4, 2013
  • Gostiny Dvor Exhibition Center, Moscow, Russia:                  December 2013
  • Museu Da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo, Brazil:                        Feb. 11 – March 23, 2014
  • Instituto dos Arquitetos do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:        April 11 – May 16, 2014
  • Palácio Anchieta, Vitória, Brazil:                                                      June – August, 2014
  • Museum of Sydney, Sydney, Australia:                                       Nov. 1, 2014 – March 8, 2015
  • University of Western Australia, Perth:                                    March 23 – April 15, 2015
  • Planungswerkstatt, Vienna, Austria:                                        May 13–July 3, 2015
  • Escola Tecnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona             Sept. 17–Oct. 15, 2015
  • Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest              Nov. 5–Dec. 19, 2015

For more information:
http://curatorialproject.com/exhibitions/harryseidlertravelingexhibit.html