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Peter Corrigan: Cities of Hope
Curator: Vanessa Gerrans
Opening: Friday 12 April, 6-8 pm
Dates: 12 April – 8 June, 2013
Venue: RMIT Gallery
Architect, set and costume designer Peter Corrigan is well known for designing RMIT’s Building 8 - a campus landmark and city icon. Regarded as one of the most outstanding postmodern buildings in Melbourne today, Building 8 combines the bold vision and whimsical style that is Corrigan’s trademark. Dr Peter Corrigan is an RMIT Architecture Professor and RAIA Gold Medal winning architect which is the highest national architectural award. His architectural practice Edmond and Corrigan with Maggie Edmond is widely published and awarded with notable projects that include the Athan House and RMIT Building 8, which won the RAIA Walter Burley Griffin National Award for Urban Design, 1995. The architect has also brought his vision to the set and costume designs for many prestigious productions of ballet, drama and opera including The Grand Macabre for Barrie Kosky at the Komische Oper House Berlin in 2005 and the opera Falstaff directed by Tama Matheson, staged at Oper Graz, Austria in January 2013. In March 2013 Peter was announced the winner of the prestigious National AIA Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize which recognises an outstanding contribution in architectural education in teaching, research, leadership and community service.
Peter Corrigan: Cities of Hope traces the creative focus of this remarkable Australian architect, bringing to life many of his designs over four decades including architectural models and drawings by Edmond and Corrigan; set and costume designs for theatre; artworks, records and notations from his personal collection and key works selected from public collections which have enriched his practice. The exhibition will also feature a selection from Corrigan’s vast personal library of over 3000 books; among them key architectural works such as J Leeke’s 1669 Vignola, early editions of Palladio, and major collections on Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. The exhibition includes more than 150 artworks, including extensive Kabuki prints and works by Rick Amor, Juan Davila, Roger Kemp, Philip Hunter and Joseph Beuys. 22 Melbourne architects provide colourful responses.
Exhibition curator Vanessa Gerrans said that “this portrait exhibition offers a flavour and an insight into Peter's life and design method. It showcases the cultural dimension of architecture and design by revealing the diversity of sources upon which creative practitioners like Peter Corrigan draw. These works capture the colour, spirit and expression of Corrigan’s inquiries, complementing his commitment to architecture, cultural history and ideas.”
A graduate of Yale University in the USA, where he completed a Master Degree in Environmental Design, Corrigan was a champion of the Melbourne suburbs, finding “fabulous energy” in the often derided vernacular. The phrase “cities of hope” was coined by Corrigan to express his feeling that “architecture should enhance that sense of a defining difference which is central to what makes a culture rich and its citizens proud.”
“Peter has a reputation for being a maverick designer who takes risks, yet he is also a culture hero whose colourful, contrary nature reminds us that nothing should remain static. Combined with his rich imagination and critical engagement in architecture, ideas and education, Peter’s work offers an expression of renewal and hope for the future.” - Vanessa Gerrans, Curator.
We invite everyone to take advantage of our free public programs at RMIT Gallery. Bookings essential: 9925 1717
Thurs 18 April 2013, 5.30 – 8 pm:
Film Screening: Louis Kahn – My Architect (2003) Dir. Nathaniel Kahn. Introduced by architect Louis Sauer. Free.
Thurs 9 May 2013, 5.30 – 8 pm:
Film Screening: The Belly of an Architect (2000) Dir. Peter Greenaway. Introduced by architect Stuart Harrison (3RRR The Architects). Free.
Thurs 30 May 2013, 5.30 – 6.30 pm:
Artist Philip Hunter and curator Vanessa Gerrans discuss Peter Corrigan’s impact and vision. Free.
Thurs 6 June 2013, 5.30-6.30 pm:
Spotlight on Corrigan: With Justin Clemens, academic and theatre director Michael Kantor. Free
The Lover (based on a novel by by Marguerite Duras)
Director: Greg Carroll
Set and Costume Design: Peter Corrigan
Cast: Kate Kendall
Venue: RMIT Gallery
Dates: 14 May – 25 May 2013
Cost: $35 adult and $30 Con.
Bookings through Trybooking: http://www.trybooking.com/COKZ
As part of the exhibition, a revival season of a play based on Marguerite Duras' bestselling novel The Lover, starring Stingers and Neighbours star Kate Kendall, directed by Greg Carroll with set design by Peter Corrigan, will be held at RMIT Gallery from 14 May – 25 May 2013. The Lover performed to a sell-out Melbourne season in 2007. Kate Kendall received rave reviews in this gripping one-woman rendition of the screenplay adapted by Colin Duckworth. Set in prewar Indochina, the play explores a woman’s memory of her tumultuous adolescent affair with an older Chinese man amidst her search for the origins of her passion to write.
“This is a rare opportunity to experience first hand the relationship between Corrigan's engagement with theatre and design. Corrigan's stark white set evokes the intense heat of Saigon and the sparse luminosity of Duras' prose.” - Vanessa Gerrans, Curator.
Edmond & Corrigan Houses Tour
Sunday 28 April 2013: 10.00 – 4 pm
The Robin Boyd Foundation is organising tours of Edmond & Corrigan houses.
Please note – fee applies. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
All bookings through the Robin Boyd Foundation:
INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF MELBOURNE ARCHITECTS IN SEOUL, KOREA
Architectural Urbanism: Melbourne/Seoul Exhibition
Melanie Dodd, Assoc Professor, Head, RMIT Architecture. Practice: muf Aus
Opening: Thursday 28 March, 6.00 pm
Exhibition dates and times: 28 March - 5 April 2013, 11 am – 7 pm
Venue: K-ARTS Gallery, Korean National University of the Arts, Seoul
Architectural Urbanism is an ambition and sensibility for propositions that address the context of the city within the operative scale of the small architectural project. Architectural urbanism represents a tailoring of projects to the local; to the materiality and specificity of the everyday; and to the grain and substance of the location above all else. Architectural urbanism is less about erasure and more about insertion; infill; the weaving of old and new and the dynamics that evolve from subtle and careful manipulation of the city in detail.
The exhibition explores commonality in the apparently different contexts of both cities – speculating on these as forms of ‘architectural urbanism' in the contemporary city of the Asia-Pacific at its northern and southern extremes.
Architectural projects from five Melbourne architectural practitioners have been selected to exhibit in Seoul. The practices are: Muir Mendes, Baracco + Wright, Iredale Pederson Hook, NMBW Architecture Studio and Kerstin Thompson Architects - all of whom have strong links to the RMIT Architecture design research and teaching community. The exhibition features RMIT Architect academics, studio leaders and alumni that include:
Practice: Muir Mendes
Amy Muir, Alumni, RMIT Architecture (Professional). RMIT Architecture Design Studio Leader
Bruno Mendes, Alumni, RMIT Architecture (Professional). RMIT Architecture Design Studio Leader
Practice: Baracco + Wright
Mauro Baracco, RMIT Architecture Senior Lecturer
Louise Wright, Alumni, RMIT Architecture (Professional). Candidate, RMIT Architecture Phd.
Practice: Iredale Pederson Hook
Adrian Iredale, Alumni, RMIT Master of Architecture (Research)
Finn Pedersen, Alumni, RMIT Master of Architecture (Research)
Martyn Hook, RMIT Architecture Professor
Nigel Bertram, Professor, Monash University. Past RMIT Architecture Senior Lecturer. Alumni, RMIT Master of Architecture (Research) UAL.
Lucinda McLean, RMIT Architecture Design Studio Leader
Marika Neustupny, RMIT Architecture Design Studio Leader
Practice: Kerstin Thompson Architects
Kerstin Thompson, RMIT Architecture Adjunct Professor. Alumni, RMIT Architecture (Professional). Alumni, RMIT Master of Architecture (Research)
Held in conjunction with the Korean National University of Arts there will be a symposium with presentations from four of the Melbourne architects.
The exhibition will be formally opened by the Deputy Australian Ambassador in Seoul.
This Exhibition is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council: an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
For interviews and general media enquiries contact:
Associate Professor, Melanie Dodd, Deputy Dean of Architecture, (03) 9925 3516 OR 0400 771657
A reciprocal exhibition in this series will be hosted at the RMIT Design Hub in 2014, co-curated by Jong-kyu Kim, Architect and Professor at K-ARTS Department of Architecture.
RMIT DESIGN HUB EXHIBITIONS
ARCHIZINES / PUBLIC OFFER – WAYS TO SHARE DESIGN
Venues: Project Space 1 & 2, RMIT Design Hub (Cnr Victoria Pde and Swanston Street)
Dates: 1 February – 27 March 2013
Closing Events on 26 March 2013:
Roundtable Discussion: 1–5 pm
RMIT Design Hub 2013 Program Launch: 5–8 pm
Free Entry. All welcome.
Please join us to celebrate two inaugural exhibitions at RMIT Design Hub on design publishing:
ARCHIZINES (www.archizines.com) is a critically acclaimed international touring exhibition celebrating the resurgence of alternative and independent architectural publishing around the world. Curated by Elias Redstone and initiated in collaboration with the Architectural Association, ARCHIZINES now features 90 architecture magazines, fanzines and journals from over twenty countries that provide an alternative to the established architectural press. Edited by architects, artists and students, these publications provide new platforms for commentary, criticism and research into the spaces we inhabit and the practice of architecture. They make an important and often radical addition to architectural discourse and demonstrate a residual love for print matter in the digital age.
While in Melbourne, Archizines is a partner to the exhibition PUBLIC OFFER curated by Timothy Moore & Kate Rhodes. Designers in Melbourne have produced numerous publications since the mid-twentieth century. PUBLIC OFFER aggregates these discussion platforms — zines, journals, blogs, apps, informal exchange circles, radio shows and podcasts — to look at how publishing has shaped conversations about the city and its design culture. Exhibited publication projects include: Transition, Backlogue, Subaud, Smudges, Cross Section, Kerb, Architectural Design Research, The Architects Radio Show, and other key Australian architecture journals, magazines and design discourse vehicles and venues.
Both exhibitions will be accompanied by a program of talks, discussions, events and social gatherings. The project will conclude with a special event on March 26 including a provocative round table discussion and the unveiling of the Design Hub 2013 program.
PUBLIC OFFER AUDIO GUIDES
Through several interviews, this profile looks at how publishing has shaped conversations about the city and its design culture. It prompts the questions: What do designers have to say? What can designers offer by being public? This is the 'people archive' of Public Offer, an extension of the exhibition of the same name on display at RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, from February 1 until March 26, 2013.
Exhibition design by SIBLING
The Thousands is a presenting partner of Public Offer + Archizines
Monday – Friday 11 – 6pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Melbourne shows its design chops in a war of words
TheAge, February 1, 2013
RMIT DESIGN HUB
Corner Victoria and Swanston Street
Carlton, Victoria, Australia 3053