Harry Seidler: Modernist
Film screening – September 7, 2018

Harry and Penelope Seidler House from below with Penelope Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1967. © Photographer: Max Dupain.


Friday, September 7, 2018. 6:00 p.m.


MAS Context is pleased to present the screening of the film Harry Seidler: Modernist by award-winning film director Daryl Dellora as part of MAS Context’s 2018 Fall Talks series. The film will be introduced by Vladimir Belogolovsky, founder of the New York-based Intercontinental Curatorial Project and curator of the traveling exhibition “Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture.” The event will take place at the offices of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in Chicago (224 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60604).


The first documentary retrospective of Harry Seidler’s architectural legacy, Harry Seidler: Modernist reveals an intimate portrait of his extraordinary life and internationally recognised work. Seidler is acclaimed as one of the greatest modernist architects. He won every architectural major prize in Australia, is represented in every major city, and was embraced internationally by the likes of Norman Foster (the London Gherkin) and Renzo Piano & Richard Rogers (Pompidou Centre, Paris). During a career that spanned almost sixty years he worked in New York, Paris, China, and Mexico, reshaped Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Vienna and prompted architects and artists from all over the world to look to his work as an inspiration.

Seidler typified the practice of mid-century modernism in Australia more than any other. From the moment he arrived in Sydney his private homes were in demand and his uniquely stylised and innovatively engineered tower blocks came to dominate the skyline. International buildings include the Australian Embassy in Paris and the Wohnpark Neue Donau in Vienna. 2016 marks 10 years since the death of Harry Seidler and this timely documentary will deliver an exhilarating retrospective of Seidler’s architectural vision.

The 58-minute film includes interviews with Dr. Johannes Swoboda, Lord Norman Foster, Lord Richard Rogers, Dr. Elizabeth Farrelly, Penelope Seidler, Peter Hirst, Glenn Murcutt, Helen O’Neill, Vladimir Belogolovsky, Edmund Capon, Eric Sierins, Colin Griffiths, Prof. Philip Goad, Greg Holman, and Bronwyn Berman. For more information about the film, please visit www.filmartmedia.com/projects/harry-seidler-modernist.


The event is free but donations to support our public program are welcome. For more information about how to support MAS Context, please visit: www.mascontext.com/support



Vladimir Belogolovsky is the founder of the Intercontinental Curatorial Project with a focus on organizing, curating, and designing architectural exhibitions worldwide. Trained as an architect at Cooper Union, he has published several books as well as over 150 articles appearing in American, European, and Russian publications. His exhibition Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture has been exhibited internationally, most recently at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

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