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Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concrete

21 September - 17 February 2020 Perth Cultural Centre, Art Gallery of WA

Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concrete

21 September - 17 February 2020 Perth Cultural Centre, Art Gallery of WA

AGWA 40 – Celebrating the anniversary of AGWA’s 1979 Brutalist building.

Opened on 2 October 1979 by then Premier Charles Court, the new Art Gallery of WA building was a dramatic example of late Brutalist architecture designed by Polish born Charles Sierakowski. This exhibition opens out the many layers of the history of the building’s development featuring images of the building in construction and its early days, along with ephemera such as building models, plans, diagrams and drawings, and early promotional brochures about the structure and its place in the Cultural Centre.

The iconic structure marked the end of a 10 year building boom and had been dreamt of for years before that by Gallery Director Frank Norton, whose own international researches and design thinking also fed the building’s final form.

PUBLICATION A concise overview of the new gallery project and its place within the Cultural Centre, this limited edition publication includes a biographical sketch of Charles Sierakowski, a factual history of the building’s construction, how gallery spaces where conceived and how they have changed over time.

Available from the AGWA Shop. RRP $32.95.

AGWA 40 2019 marks and celebrates the 40th year anniversary of the main Gallery building, as AGWA presents a series of exhibitions and special events looking at the building: the exhibit Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concrete, plus talks, performances and a symposium presented with Curtin University’s School of Design and the Built Environment. The art of the 1970s in WA will also be revisited in the exhibition That Seventies Feeling...the Late Modern.

Image Credit:
Fritz Kos Art Gallery of Western Australia 1979 State Library of Western Australia Sourced from the collections of the State Library of Western Australia and reproduced with the permission of the Library Board of Western Australia (224276PD)

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