A behind-the-scenes exploration of 31 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years., Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery presents Iconic Australian Houses: an exhibition by Karen McCartney currently on display until 9 July 2017.
Beginning in the 1950s with the works of a new breed of Australian architects, and culminating in key works from some of Australia’s contemporary masters. Looking beyond the physical structures to shine a light on the stories of the architects and clients, this Sydney Living Museums travelling exhibition is an intimate portrait of the design, building and lived experience of that most elusive of creations – the iconic house.
“These houses were chosen because of their innovation, design and response to climate and place. They are the best representation of the extraordinary calibre of architects and thinking that Australia has produced over the past six decades,” said Exhibition curator, Karen McCartney.
“The pioneering architects of the 50s, 60s and 70s took international design influences and reinterpreted them to suit the Australian landscape and climate. Since that time, architectural expression has really flourished in this country. It is something that we do really well.”
Using material drawn from her best-selling books 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses and 70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses; the houses featured are brought to life through vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and filmed interviews with the architects who designed the homes and the people who commissioned and live in them.
Names like Harry Seidler, Neville Gruzman, Richard Leplastrier, Glenn Murcutt, Hugh Buhrich, Peter McIntyre, Roy Grounds and many more, have all helped define Australia’s architectural identity and aesthetic and this exhibition presents some of their most defining works.
Iconic Australian Houses: an exhibition by Karen McCartney
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve – Dunns Road, Mornington
Exhibition continues to 9 July 2017
Admission fees apply
For more information, visit: www.mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au for details.
Image: The Gottlieb House, Wood Marsh. Photograph © Michael Wee