From the collection: Rose Seidler House artwork
The Rose Seidler House, Christopher Zanko, 2020, acrylic on wood relief carving. Sydney Living Museums.
On 17 December 1950, the young Austrian-born architect Harry Seidler took 100 invited guests on a tour of his newly completed – and first – Australian commission, a house designed and built for his parents, Rose and Max. Rose Seidler House would become one of the most iconic mid-20th-century domestic dwellings in Australia, and launch Seidler’s long and distinguished career. It was gifted to Sydney Living Museums in 1988 and opened to the public in its original furnished condition.
In December 2020, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the house’s completion, SLM commissioned Illawarra-based artist Christopher Zanko to produce a ‘portrait’ of the house. Zanko’s practice combines printmaking and painting techniques to record modernist suburban homes, celebrating their distinctive aesthetic and atmosphere.
Zanko’s portrait captures the play of negative and positive space to accentuate the sculptural form of the house within its landscape setting. By applying paint to the woodblock, Zanko reverses the traditional woodcut technique and instead creates tactile, three-dimensional works that invite closer inspection. The work honours the presence of the house and its dignified bearing, and is a fitting tribute to this unique house from a rising figure in contemporary Australian art.
A sofa Harry Seidler designed for Rose Seidler House was conserved and reupholstered, and the process revealed some unexpected findings
Recently translated from the original German, recipes kept by Rose Seidler provide valuable insight into her culinary heritage and Austrian identity
A family photo album donated to the Caroline Simpson Library, documents the construction of an architectural icon – the Julian Rose house, designed by architect Harry Seidler in 1951
This classic recipe is simple to make yet rich and flavoursome. Perfect for a weekend brunch or a light supper