A Living Legacy

Important information about upcoming symposium Modernist & Memorial Sculpture in Australia & Beyond, 30 April - 2 May 2020 
It is with regret that we announce that the Modernist Sculpture Symposium will be postponed until further notice due to managing the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We apologise for any inconvenience that this postponement may cause and we look forward to providing a further update on this event as soon as possible. Enquiries: director@duldig.org.au

Symposium details are outlined below - please keep an eye on our website or social media platforms for updates and release of new dates, or join our mailing list here

Modernist & Memorial Sculpture in Australia & Beyond
30 April - 2 May 2020 - postponed until further notice.
Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the Duldig family in Australia.

Keynote address and 2020 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture:
Dr Arie Hartog,
Director of Gerhard Marcks Haus, Bremen, Germany

Thursday 30 April 2020, 6-8pm

Venue: Duldig Studio
Includes light refreshments.
Exclusive evening preview of the exhibition The Studio of Karl Duldig – A Living Legacy and viewing of the studio that Karl Duldig designed, built and worked in between 1962 – 1986.

Friday 1 May 2020, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Venue: Duldig Museum 1962 Studio; Perrin Foundry; Glen Eira Town Hall.
Duldig Studio Open Day with specialist tours at the Studio, select public sites, a private tour of Perrin Sculpture Foundry and self guided tours to public art in Melbourne by Karl Duldig. Learn about bronze casting and Karl Duldig's commissions. 


Eva de Jong-Duldig, Founder and Patron, Duldig Studio

Eva was born in Vienna in 1938, one month before Nazi Germany annexed Austria. With her parents, Karl and Slawa Duldig, she was fortunate to escape to Switzerland later in that year. Shortly after the family travelled to Singapore and then in September 1940 to Australia, where they were interned at Tatura as ‘enemy aliens’ for almost two years.

In her role as Founding Director, Eva initiated many public and educational programs including, since 1986, the Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture at the National Gallery of Victoria. With the support of the Austrian government she enabled a Karl Duldig travelling exhibition from the Duldig collection to be shown in Vienna and Krakow in 2003. Another touring exhibition visited seven Victorian regional museums in 2006-08, and Karl Duldig’s work was included in major exhibitions on Viennese art and design at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1990 and 2011.

Eva retired as Director in 2014 but continues, as Founder and Patron, to contribute to the Duldig Studio through her personal knowledge of and insights into the family history and the collection. Eva has recently completed a personal account of her family’s remarkable story for publication in a major new memoir – Driftwood (2017).

Bill Perrin, Sculptor and Founder of Perrin Sculpture Foundry
Bill Perrin is the Founder and Director of Perrin Sculpture Foundry providing specialised bronze casting services to the Fine Art industry. The foundry works with leading Australian artists on major projects and public art commissions including Rick Amor, Bruce Armstrong, Dean Bowen, Peter Corlett, Gael O’Leary, Anne Ross, Julie Shiels and Heather B Swann and in 2007 worked closely with Duldig Studio to cast Karl Duldig’s bronze sculpture ‘Echo’. Bill is also an artist and sculptor; he has exhibited widely and has his work in major collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Victorian College of the Arts and various private collections. Bill Perrin was engaged as a Lecturer in Sculpture at the Victorian College of the Arts from 1992 until 2007.

Saturday 2 May 2020, 11am – 4pm

Venue: Forum Theatre, University of Melbourne
Includes light lunch.
Sculpture Seminar - Hear from experts on International Modernist Sculpture.

Keynote Address and 2020 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture
Dr Arie Hartog Director of Gerhard Marcks Haus, Bremen Germany

In 1932 German artist and sculptor, Gerhard Marcks (1889-1981), appeared to be "the next big thing" in German sculpture, however, events turned out quite differently as Marcks' work was soon labelled as "degenerate art" by the Third Reich. Despite such persecution he continued to live in Germany between 1933 and 1945 and became one of the most important representatives of modern sculpture in German Post-War Art. That being so, what does the term "modern" mean exactly? What did it mean then, what does it mean today? The question becomes all the more interesting when you draw an imaginary line from Gerhard Marcks to Karl Duldig. Was Duldig modern? When and why?

Dr. Arie Hartog is Director of Gerhard Marcks Haus, a museum for modern and contemporary sculpture inspired by the work of the German sculptor and graphic artist Gerhard Marcks (b. 1889 - d. 1981). Dr Hartog is also chairman of the Association of Sculpture Museums and Sculpture Collections Working Group in Germany. His research focuses on the history of European sculpture. 

Guest Speakers include:

Dr Jane Eckett

Jane Eckett is a teaching associate in art history at the University of Melbourne whose research focuses on modernist sculpture and émigré legacies. Jane will speak on Modernist memorial sculpture by Karl Duldig - an extension of his legacy beyond the house museum collection. 

Dr Georgina Walker
Georgina Walker is an Honorary Research Fellow and teaches in Art History, Curatorial and Museum Studies in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Her research and publications contribute to the emerging and growing field of private museums with new models of cultural philanthropy and interrelationships between private and public museums. Georgina will speak about select house museums and the narrative of the artist's life.

Exhibition & Symposium Organiser

Lyndel Wischer, Director, Duldig Studio – Museum & Sculpture Garden

Book individual days or purchase a 3-day event pass at a discounted rate. 

Three Day Pass (30 April - 2 May)
$120 Adult; $99 Concession; $90 Duldig Friends & Supporters; FREE Students*

Day 1 

$25 Adult; $15 Concession; $10 Duldig Friends & Supporters; FREE Students*
Day 2 **
$60 Adult; $50 Concession; $40 Duldig Friends & Supporters; FREE Students*
Day 3 
$70 Adult; $60 Concession; $50 Duldig Friends & Supporters; FREE Students*

*Thanks to our Education Partner, the University of Melbourne, Secondary and Tertiary Students can attend the symposium FREE – registrations essential. 
**Please note: Numbers are strictly limited for the tour to Perrin Sculpture Foundry - bookings essential, tickets are allocated on first in first served basis.

Image: Karl Duldig in his studio with clay bust of Ina, Vienna, Austria c. 1935. Photography © Duldig Gallery Inc.

Proudly supported by the City of Stonnington, the Gordon Darling Foundation and the University of Melbourne.


The Studio of Karl Duldig - A Living Legacy
Commencing 5 May 2020 

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.

Venues & Dates
Duldig Studio | From 5 May 2020
Check our opening hours here 
Chapel off Chapel  - The Mezzanine | 2 – 14 June 2020
12 Little Chapel St, Prahran
12pm – 5pm 7 Days (Closed Public Holidays)

Image: Studio room at 3 St.Thomas Walk, Singapore 1940. Photography © Duldig Gallery Inc.