Cultivating Modernism: reading the modern garden 1917-71 – the latest exhibition at the Hawke Centre’s Kerry Packer Civic Gallery – will be an inspiration to all with an interest in gardens, books, and the recent past.
Exploring modernism from the perspective of the Australian garden, this exhibition showcases Australian 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.
Located adjacent to the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, the University of South Australia’s Architecture Museum will be hosting a complementary exhibition Cultivating Modernism: French garden style of the 1920s and 1930s.
Drawing on rare art deco prints and publication of French exhibitions, this showing will provide a rich coverage of Cubist and other decorative approaches to garden design.
For the garden maker, innovative design ideas open a door on new and creative ways to landscape the modern home.
For the bibliophile, Cultivating Modernism comes alive through a kaleidoscopic mix from long-forgotten publications.
This is a vital journey through our recent past.
Cultivating Modernism is an Adelaide Fringe event, presented by the Hawke Centre and the Architecture Museum at the University of South Australia. This is an Australian Garden History Society touring exhibition, and will run from Monday 17 February until Monday 31 March.
Free at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery
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