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Harry Seidler: Australia’s Modernist Architect
February 24, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm |
Vladimir Belogolovsky traces the life and work of famed Sydney architect Harry Seidler (1923-2006), his key role in bringing Modernism and Bauhaus principles to Australia and explores long-lasting creative collaborations with leading artistic visionaries of the 20th century: architects Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Oscar Niemeyer; artists Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Sol LeWitt and Frank Stella; engineer Pier Luigi Nervi; and Australia’s most iconic photographer Max Dupain. As well as his architectural work, revealed will be Seidler’s life, a fascinating journey, from his motherland of Austria as a Jewish exile, to England, Canada, the United States and, finally, to Australia, where he was invited in 1948 by his mother to design her house. The Rose Seidler House (1948-50) became Australia’s first uncompromisingly Modernist house; it made the 27-year-old instantly famous worldwide and the subsequent commissions kept him in his newly adopted country for the rest of his life.
Vladimir Belogolovsky is the author of “Harry Seidler: Lifework” (Rizzoli, 2014), “Harry Seidler: The Exhibition” (ORO, 2017), and the curator of a touring exhibition “Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture”. He is the founder of New York-based Intercontinental Curatorial Project, which focuses on curating and designing architectural and conceptual exhibitions worldwide. He has lectured at universities and museums in more than 30 countries and his exhibition “City of Ideas: Architects’ Voices & Visions,” based on over 200 of his interviews with leading international architects, after its premier at the University of Sydney in 2016, is now touring the world.