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.

Announcement - July 8, 2021
Maree Clarke will be the special guest speaker at the 2021 Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia, and today we feel delighted and honoured to announce that our guest speaker for the 2021 Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture is the inimitable Maree Clarke, a Mutti Mutti/Wamba Wamba/Yorta Yorta/Boon Wurrung artist, designer, curator and researcher.

The Duldig Studio Annual Lecture is an event in which a leading arts expert delivers an illuminating address about sculpture in contemporary society. This year’s event will be held on Sunday 19 September, from 2pm to 4pm.

Watch this space for further details! We can’t wait to welcome Maree Clarke into the museum’s 2021 cultural program for this important flagship event.

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

This year the annual Duldig Lecture for 2020 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?

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.