Modernist Adelaide: 1940s–1970s Exhibition

Time & Location

01 May, 10:00 am – 29 Jun, 5:00 pm
Adelaide City Library, 3 Rundle Place, 77-91
Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

About the Event

Discover the mid-century jet age of Mad Men-era Adelaide, when a new wave of modernist architecture redefined the city’s streetscapes and skyline. 

This exhibition of photographs by Modernist Adelaide historian and author Stuart Symons, paired with photographs from the City of Adelaide Archives Collection, celebrates some of Adelaide’s iconic modernist buildings. 

Stuart will also present a seminar on the rise of modernism in Adelaide, and host one of his popular Modernist Adelaide walking tours as part of the Open Doors program, where you can learn more about some of the buildings featured in the exhibition.


Modernist Adelaide Walking Tour

16 May, 11:00 am – 12:20 pm GMT-7
Crack Kitchen, 13 Franklin St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia


Modernist Adelaide: Hip + Happening Architecture of the 1940s–1970s

Hip + Happening Architecture: 1940s–1970s
19 May, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Adelaide City Library, 3 Rundle Place, 77-91 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Adelaide was fertile ground for architectural experimentation in the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s, when a new breed of forward-thinking architects redefined the city by embracing the aesthetic, technological and environmental aspirations of modernist architecture.

To celebrate the Modernist Adelaide: 1940s–1970s exhibition at the City Library, join Stuart Symons, Founder of Modernist Adelaide and South Australian Emerging Historian of the Year, to discover the mid-century jet-age of Mad-Men-era Adelaide.

From Australia’s first curtain-wall high-rise of the 50s to the international style of the 60s and the brutalism of the 70s, this engaging talk through time will appeal to anyone with a love of mid-century architecture and design.

Admission to this event is free. Bookings are essential.

Image courtesy of Stuart Symons

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