Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture

The grand designs, famed collaborators and stunning personal collection of the visionary who defined Sydney’s skyline.

Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture is the first major exhibition on the distinguished architect to showcasenever-seen-before original artworks. The exhibition opens at the Museum of Sydney on 1 November illuminating the acclaimed designs and long-lasting collaborations Harry Seidler forged with the great names in art, architecture, design and engineering.

Through his work with visionaries Frank Stella, Marcel Breuer, Josef Albers, Pier Luigi Nervi, Alexander Calder, Max Dupain and Lin Utzon, Seidler set a precedent for the multidisciplinary team approach – a revolutionary idea that spawned a creative synthesis.

During the course of his extraordinary life, his artistic mind shaped the design of many of our most recognised buildings, including Australia Square, the MLC Centre and the radical Rose Seidler House, which is now one of Sydney Living Museums’ 12 cherished properties.

As well as celebrating his creative contributions, we will chart Seidler’s studies with Walter Gropius, Josef Albers and Marcel Breuer – three of the greatest names in 20th-century architecture and painting – before delving into his extraordinary personal story, which spanned the continents in times of war and peace.

A must-see for architects, art and design enthusiasts and story lovers everywhere.

Curated by Vladimir Belogolovsky of Intercontinental Curatorial Project and Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon of Sydney Living Museums.


When art meets architecture

We talk to Penelope Seidler AM about her extraordinary 50- year collaboration with her husband, Harry Seidler AC, and our exhibition which explored his life and work

Past exhibition

  • 1 November 2014–8 March 2015