Past Exhibition

Art, innovation and reinvention - discover the world of a Viennese modernist in Melbourne

An exhibition by the Austrian-Australian artist, Slawa Horowitz-Duldig (1901-1975). The exhibition presented her early graphic works and sculptures, remarkable survivors of war and dislocation. The exhibition offered 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.

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Art Behind The Wire
The untold story of refugee families interned in Australia during the Second World War
Australia has a history of detaining families behind wire and under armed guard.

During the Second World War sixty Jewish families from Singapore were interned ‘behind barbed wire’ alongside the Dunera Boys at Tatura in country Victoria. What was life like for them?

One of the group, Austrian sculptor Karl Duldig continued to create art while interned with his wife and young daughter. Working with a variety of materials including scrap paper for drawings, ‘potato’ sculptures, eucalyptus wood, plaster and terracotta, Karl responded to and transcended his difficult surroundings.

The Duldig family's struggle for recognition as genuine refugees and how Karl Duldig’s art was shaped by the experience is the subject of this award winning exhibition, which focuses on drawings and sculpture completed in Tatura and while in the Army, as well as later work.

Victorian Community History Awards Winner. Sponsored by the Besen Family Foundation and the City of Stonnington