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Excavating Modernism: Stylistic Species, Émigré Architects and the South-Eastern Suburbs

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Excavating Modernism: Stylistic Species, Émigré Architects and the South-Eastern Suburbs

7 Mar 2019 - 24 Mar 2019

Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne

Exploring the deeply embedded cultural tropes evident in post-war Modernist architecture in Melbourne, Excavating Modernism seeks to reflect, understand and explore the significant contribution of émigré architects such as Ernest Fooks, Kurt Popper, Herbert Tisher, and Mordechai Benshemesh, amongst others. These architects contributed to the socio-cultural landscape and Melbourne’s development at the time, particularly in the south-eastern suburbs. Developed by masters student’s at Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne, this exhibition explores these notions through ephemera, artefacts, historical photographs, texts, and film responses.

Floor talks
Friday 15 March at midday
Join masters students from Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne for a discussion about the development of this exhibition and post-war modernist architecture in Melbourne.

Friday 22 March at midday
Melbourne School of Design Director Professor Alan Pert will present a floor talk addressing post-war modernist architecture in Caulfield.


Image: B’Nai B’Rith Parents Home (built) (detail), Inkerman Street, Caulfield K. Popper c. 1960s.

Gallery Details

Glen Eira City Council Gallery
Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads
Caulfield VIC 3162
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Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 10am–5pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1pm–5pm
Closed public holidays

Entry is Free

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