Exhibition / Sydney | Harry Seidler: art & architecture

Harry Seidler in his office, Glen Street, Milsons Point, Max Dupain, 1973. Max Dupain & Associates Archive: 9858-6, State Library of NSW © Penelope Seidler

Harry Seidler: art & architecture

Coinciding with our modernist season, Harry Seidler: Art & Architecture – an exhibition developed by SLM and Museum of Sydney supporting partner Grosvenor Place – opens in early September at Grosvenor Place on George Street.

More than any other architect, Harry Seidler AC OBE (1923–2006) is known for designing modern architecture for Sydney. This exhibition explores his collaborations with a who’s who of 20th-century creativity and ingenuity, including ‘master’ and mentor Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Sol LeWitt, Charles O Perry, Norman Carlberg and Lin Utzon. Seidler’s respect for these artists is reflected in his innovative architectural designs and in the range of contemporary artworks he commissioned to complete his buildings. Penelope Seidler AM has supported the exhibition with the loan of personal objects.

Grosvenor Place, completed in 1988, is a landmark in the business life of Sydney and one of Seidler’s most technically sophisticated architectural masterpieces. The three Cones and pillars works that dramatically fill the building’s lobby with their dynamic and colourful presence are the only project Seidler worked on with artist Frank Stella, but Stella’s influence is nevertheless significant and goes well beyond this partnership.

The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to discover Seidler’s collaborations with pre-eminent artists of the modernist movement and to experience the timeless aesthetic of his architecture by visiting Grosvenor Place.

Where

Grosvenor Place lobby, 225 George Street, Sydney

When

6 September to 12 October, Monday to Friday, 8am–6pm

Free entry

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