Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design: Harry Seidler Exhibition

Berman House, Joadja, New South Wales, 1996-99 © Eric Sierins

Celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Harry Seidler, the leading Australian architect of the twentieth century, the ‘Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design’ traveling exhibition will take place January 10-February 10 in Sofia, Bulgaria at the VIVACOM Art Hall. 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 exhibition was developed by curator Vladimir Belogolovsky of Intercontinental Curatorial Project in New York with Penelope Seidler and Harry Seidler & Associates in Sydney and sponsored by Seidler Architectural Foundation. More information on the exhibition after the break.

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.

Harry and Penelope Seidler House, view from North, Killara, Sydney, 1966-67 © Max Dupain

Seidler’s work 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.n HarrySeidler: Lifework book by curator Vladimir Belogolovsky with additional texts by Chris Abel, Norman Foster, Kenneth Frampton, and Oscar Niemeyer will be designed by Massimo Vignelli and published by Rizzoli in March 2014.

Julian Rose House, Wahroonga, Sydney, 1949-50n © Max Dupain

Vladimir Belogolovsky: “I would draw attention to two reasons why Seidler is important and why he will always be important. First, it is his love for architecture, his position on following his convictions to which he was always true and a mission to make the world a better place where architecture is a big part of it. He was a real crusader and not just for his own work but for what he believed – whether voicing his support for Jørn Utzon’s Opera House in Sydney or protesting against unfitting addition to Marcel Breuer’s Whitney Museum in New York by Michael Graves. And second, I think is really important, particularly today when so many architects are entrenched with their ambitions compromised and scaled down. It is the importance of inspiration. Seidler’s vision was grand and he drew his inspiration from a multitude of sources – art, geometry, history, and so on. I would particularly stress the importance of art as an endless source of creative inspiration for architecture.”

Rose Seidler House, Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia, 1948-50 © Marcel Seidler

Remaining Exhibition Venues and Dates:

Rose Seidler House, Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia, 1948-50 © Marcel Seidler

VIVACOM Art Hall, Sofia Bulgaria: 10 January–10 February, 2013 Latvian National Museum of Arts, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia: 21 February–17 March, 2013 AIA Center, Houston, USA: 4 April–31 May, 2013 Black Mountain College Museum, North Carolina, USA: 14 June–7 September, 2013 University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada: 12 September–October, 2013 Museum of Sydney, Sydney, Australia: 1 November–7 March Planungswerkstatt, Vienna, Austria: March-April, 2015

For more information on the exhibition, please visit here.

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Cite: Alison Furuto. "Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design: Harry Seidler Exhibition" 08 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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