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Duldig Studio – Museum and Sculpture Garden

Annual Duldig Lecture for 2017: Design Sensibility: Viennese émigrés in Australia

Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Admission is free but bookings are required.
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This year’s Dudlig lecture will be delivered by Dr Harriet Edquist, Professor of Architectural History in the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT and the Director of RMIT Design Archives.

Lecture Abstract:

Situated between international modernism on the one hand and local debates about “Australian” architecture and design propounded by Robin Boyd and others on the other, Viennese designers negotiated the values of domestic design they had absorbed in the cities of Europe within a fast-changing postwar Australian environment. In this lecture Harriet Edquist will show how personal histories of émigré and refugee Viennese designers throw into question Australian design history’s often limited definition of design as a purely modernist professional practice beholden to a national agenda. It will argue that on the contrary, geographical and cultural boundaries are fluid, that learning never stops, that memory was often central to the émigré expression of “home” and that the ideology of the avant-garde could be avoided.

Dr Edquist has published extensively on Australian architecture, art and design with a particular focus on the 20th century and has pioneered studies on émigré architects in Melbourne and the Australian Arts and Crafts movement. She is also a curator and has presented major innovative exhibitions on diverse subjects, ranging from the cultural landscape of the Western District to Australian car design. Her current research includes the ARC funded project: Bauhaus Australia: Transforming Education in Art, Architecture and Design.

Her books and exhibitions include: Pioneers of Modernism: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia (2008); George Baldessin: Paradox and Persuasion (2009); Building a New World: a History of the State Library of Victoria 1853-1913 (2013); Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car (with David Hurlston) (2015).

Inaugurated in 1986 the Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture commemorates the life and work of the artists Karl Duldig and Slawa Horowitz-Duldig. 


Event starts
Wednesday 18 October, 2017
Event Ends
Wednesday 18 October, 2017
Forum Theatre, Arts West Building
Venue Address
University of Melbourne, Parkville

Melbourne, Melbourne

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