Annual Duldig Lecture

Inaugurated in 1986 the Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture commemorates the life and work of the sculptor Karl Duldig and his wife, the artist and inventor Slawa Horowitz-Duldig.

2021 Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture
Maree Clarke - artist, curator and researcher

This year we are delighted and honoured to welcome Maree Clarke, artist, curator and researcher, as our special guest speaker with an introduction by Myles Russell-Cook, Acting Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Watch this year's lecture below:

Maree Clarke, a Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, BoonWurrung woman from Mildura in northwest Victoria, is a multi disciplinary artist living and working in Melbourne. She is a pivotal figure in the reclamation of southeast Australian Aboriginal art practices, and a leader in nurturing and promoting the diversity of contemporary southeast Aboriginal artists.

Maree’s continuing desire to affirm and reconnect with her cultural heritage has seen herrevification of elements of Aboriginal culture that were lost over the period of colonisation such as the traditional possum skin cloaks, together with the production of contemporary designs of kangaroo teeth necklaces, and string headbands adorned with kangaroo teeth and echidna quills.
Maree Clarke discusses her multi media installations of photography, painting, sculpture and new
technologies that further explore the customary rituals and ceremonies of her ancestors.
 This year’s event will be held on Sunday 19 September, from 2pm to 4pm.

Image: Maree Clarke with her sculpture installation ‘Me in mourning’ (2019) sticks, tulle, video projection. Courtesy of the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
Image credit: Eugene Hyland, National Gallery of Victoria. 2021

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

The 2020 annual Duldig Lecture was an international online event presented by Dr Arie Hartog, Director of Gerhard Marcks Haus, Bremen Germany with an introduction by Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, former Director, National Gallery of Australia, and National Gallery of Victoria

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?

Listen to the 2020 DULDIG Lecture

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.

Visit the Gerhard Marcks Haus website here.

List of Past Duldig Lectures

The Duldig Lecture is organised by the Duldig Studio in association with the University of Melbourne and is supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation.