Cultivating modernism

House and garden depicting modernism period

Reading the modern garden 1917-71


18 February 2014

 

 

 

Cultivating Modernism will be an inspiration to all with an interest in gardens, books, and the recent past. - See more at: https://www.mup.com.au/items/9780522861228#sthash.IWB5ebKK.dpuf
Cultivating Modernism will be an inspiration to all with an interest in gardens, books, and the recent past. - See more at: https://www.mup.com.au/items/9780522861228#sthash.IWB5ebKK.dpuf

Cultivating Modernism will be an inspiration to all with an interest in gardens, books, and the recent past - with Richard Aitken, Melbourne-based architect, historian and curator.

Exploring modernism from the perspective of the Australian garden, author and curator Richard Aitken will chart garden making from World War One until the dawn of environmentalism in the 1960s and 1970s. His lecture will showcase garden design during a turbulent period from pre-war European functionalism to a more relaxed post-war Californian modernism, showing how the garden was a necessary prop for modernism's reality.

A vital journey into our recent past.

Visit the recently launched Cultivating modernism website for more insights into this fascinating period of garden design.

Cultivating Modernism will be an inspiration to all with an interest in gardens, books, and the recent past. - See more at: https://www.mup.com.au/items/9780522861228#sthash.IWB5ebKK.dpuf
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Co-presented by the Hawke Centre and the Architecture Museum, UniSA, with support from the Art Deco and Modernism Society

Cultivating Modernism is an Australian Garden History Society touring exhibition

Richard Aitken

Richard Aitken bio

Richard Aitken is a Melbourne-based architect, historian, and curator. He has prepared conservation plans for many of Australia's most significant historic gardens, including Adelaide's botanic gardens.

National Trust of Australia awarded him an honorary membership (2006), for advocacy role in the identification and conservation of significant gardens and designed landscapes.

He is currently co-editor of Australian Garden History, the quarterly journal of the Australian Garden History Society. His books include The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens (2002), Gardenesque (2004), Botanical Riches (2006), Seeds of Change (2006), and The Garden of Ideas (2010), and Cultivating Modernism (2013).

 

Exhibitions: Cultivating modernism
Monday 17 February – Monday 31 March 

Sketch of modern garden

Cultivating Modernism comes alive through a kaleidoscopic mix from rarely seen books, prints, and ephemera charting garden making during this period. More information.

UniSA's Architecture Museum will host a complementary exhibition, drawing on rare art deco prints and publication of French exhibitions. Cultivating modernism: French garden style of the 1920s and 1930s will provide a rich coverage of Cubist and other decorative approaches to garden design.

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Cultivating Modernism is an Australian Garden History Society touring exhibition

Exhibition partners: the Hawke Centre UniSA, Architecture Museum at UniSA, The University of Melbourne Library, and National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

Project partners and supporters: Melbourne University Publishing, The University of South Australia Library, Heritage Council Victoria, and the Art Deco and Modernism Society

 


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