Collection Reflections (2023)
A collaborative exhibition between the Duldig Studio and Firestation Print Studio featuring twenty-four contemporary printmakers’ creative responses to the art and life of Karl Duldig and Slawa Horowitz-Duldig.
The artists drew their inspiration from items in the current exhibition at the Duldig Studio, The Studio of Karl Duldig – A Living Legacy, which tells the story of the sculptor Karl Duldig, his journey from Europe to Australia and the studios he established along the way. He expressed his ideas in multiple mediums including stone, clay, wood, ceramics and bronze to create a powerful body of modernist works that communicate stories and ideas about family life, WWII, displacement and survival through art.
To download a full list of contributing artists’ and their works, click HERE.
Exhibition catalogues with full colour images, artists statements and inspiration are available for purchase at Duldig Studio and Firestation Print Studio for $16.
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Studio room at 3 St.Thomas Walk, Singapore 1940.
Photography © Duldig Gallery Inc.
The Studio of Karl Duldig – A Living Legacy (2021)
This exhibition tells the story of the sculptor Karl Duldig, his journey from Europe to Australia and the studios he established along the way. He expressed his ideas in multiple mediums including stone, clay, wood, ceramics and bronze to create a powerful body of modernist works that communicate about family life, WWII, displacement and survival through art.
Visitors can see the major developments of Karl Duldig’s creative activity and explore the Studio he designed, built and worked in from 1962-1986.
To download the labels for this exhibition, click HERE.
Slawa – Modernist Art and Design (2017)
INNOVATION AND REINVENTION
DISCOVER THE WORLD OF A VIENNESE MODERNIST IN MELBOURNE
‘…in the house every item will bring back the memory of you. Every piece of furniture, painting, sculpture tells the story of you…’
Karl Duldig, Tribute to his wife, Slawa 1975
For the first time an exhibition by the Austrian-Australian artist, Slawa Horowitz-Duldig (1901- 1975), will be shown in the home she shared with husband sculptor Karl Duldig – now a house museum.
Slawa’s journey to Australia, as a refugee from Nazism, was the defining moment in her life. From a stimulating life in Vienna as an independent female artist, professional sculptor and successful inventor she became an art teacher and painter in the sober world of post-war Melbourne. With Karl, she rebuilt their lives, first in St Kilda, and then at their home in suburban Malvern East where she inspired the creation of the Duldig Studio.
Presenting her early graphic works and sculptures, remarkable survivors of war and dislocation, the exhibition gives insight into Viennese art of the early modernist period. Follow SLAWA’s story – told through her drawings, sculptures, fashion and furniture design, and her ingenious invention of the folding umbrella.
Art Behind the Wire (2014)
THE UNTOLD STORY OF REFUGEE FAMILIES INTERNED IN AUSTRALIA DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR
In September, 1940 the Duldig family found themselves ‘behind the wire’ – internees far from their family in Europe, and new friends in Singapore. Designated ‘enemy aliens’ this sudden change in circumstance was a shock. Travelling from Singapore to Tatura Internment Camp 3D along with 295 other internees, mostly families, their story is one of resilience, ingenuity and persistence in the face of rigid official attitudes and initially negative public opinion. Their struggle for recognition as genuine refugees and how Karl Duldig’s art was shaped by the experience is the subject of this exhibition, which focuses on drawings and sculpture completed in Tatura and while in the Army, as well as later work
A Malayan Bungalow (2012)
A Malayan Bungalow features drawings, sculptures, photographs and remarkable historic documents that traces artists’ Karl and Slawa Duldig’s lives in Singapore from their arrival in May 1939 to their eventual deportation in September 1940 and internment in Australia. It is an incredible story of survival, resilience and inspiration. With their baby daughter, Eva, Karl and Slawa found brief refuge in Singapore – a haven which inspired new perspectives in their art and dramatically changed their lives.
From monumental sculptures to intimate sketches of Singapore’s bustling street life, A Malayan Bungalow presents a unique insight into a world which was soon to disappear forever.
The Duldigs in Vienna (2011)
Contemporary drawings, sculptures, documents and photographs illustrate the fascinating artistic milieu of Karl Duldig and Slawa Horowitz (Duldig) in pre-war Vienna when they were students of the renowned Austrian sculptor, Anton Hanak, (a close friend and colleague of Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffman and other leading artists of the Secession). The exhibition includes items not usually on display, as well as the prototypes for the foldable umbrella invented by Slawa Horowitz in 1929.
Karl Duldig’s work Mask (1921) featured in the NGV Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Vienna: Art & Design, Klimt, Schiele, Hoffmann, Loos.