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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

'Mid -Century Modern' exhibition at NGV

This is a fabulous exhibition.
As usual, I took part in a guided tour, and she was great.

Apart from Bauhaus and the Eames, I'm no expert on furniture or interior design, and had no knowledge of Australian designers.

This is a survey of modernist furniture from the 40's to 70's.
I was amazed at how much artistic talent and craftsmanship these artists possessed.
Shulim Krimper, Grant Featherston, Roger McLay and Clement Meadmore, Douglas Snelling... to name a few.

I've found a story of the boat Dunera fascinating, I didn't know anything about it, and there were many immigrants from Europe around the last War who settled in Melbourne and kick-started the industry.

Just looking around these designs, I was very intrigued by the fact that they all look very contemporary. There must be some kind of enduring beauty in these works.

I particularly liked that there are some reconstructions of the interior as it used to, and these rooms give us a very strong visual clue as to how people lived in these environment.

I really enjoyed this one.

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