HARRY SEIDLER: The Art of Collaboration
Speaker: Vladimir Belogolovsky
5 March 2012 (Monday) 5:30pm-7:00pm
1/F Hall, Main Campus
Harry Seidler: The Art of Collaboration illustrated lecture traces the life and work of Sydney architect Harry Seidler (1923-2006), his key role in bringing Modernism and Bauhaus principles to Australia, identifies his distinctive architectural style, and reveals long-lasting collaborations with leading creative figures of the 20th century, including with architects Marcel Breuer and Oscar Niemeyer; artists Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Norman Carlberg, Charles Perry, and Frank Stella; engineer Pier Luigi Nervi and photographer Max Dupain. In almost sixty years, Seidler has realized over 160 of his designs—from houses to mixed-use multi-story towers and prominent government commissions—all over Australia, as well as in Austria, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, and Hong Kong. Apart from the architect’s creative achievements, the lecture will focus on Seidler’s life, a fascinating journey from his motherland of Austria to England, Canada, the United States, Brazil, and finally, to Australia, where he settled in 1948, eventually becoming the country’s most accomplished architect. The following key projects will be discussed: Rose Seidler House (1950), the architect’s house (1967), Australia Square Tower (1967), and Grosvenor Place (1988) – all in Sydney; Edmund Barton Building (1974) in Canberra, Embassy of Australia (1977) in Paris, HSBC Competition project (1979) and Hong Kong Club (1984) – both in Hong Kong, Shell Headquarters (1989) in Melbourne, and residential complex Wohnpark Neue Donau (1998) in Seidler’s native Vienna.
Vladimir Belogolovsky, founder of the New York-based Intercontinental Curatorial Project, organizes, curates, and designs architectural exhibitions worldwide. Trained as an architect at Cooper Union, he is the American correspondent for the Russian architectural journal TATLIN and has authored several books, including Felix Novikov, Green House, and Soviet Modernism: 1955-1985. His exhibitions include: Chess Game at the Russian Pavilion at the 11th Architecture Venice Biennale (2008), a retrospective of architect Ángel Fernández Alba at the Royal Botanical Gardens (Madrid, 2009), Green House (Moscow, 2009), and American Institute of Architects Today (Moscow, 2010). He is currently working on a book, Harry Seidler (Rizzoli and Massimo Vignelli, 2014) with foreword by Kenneth Frampton and tribute by Norman Foster and is curating a Harry Seidler traveling exhibition to go to Riga, Tallinn, Paris, Houston, North Carolina, and Sydney from 2012 to 2014.