Clement Meadmore: The Art of Mid-Century Design

Tue 20th November, 2018 – Sun 3rd March, 2019
Ian Potter Museum of Art
University of Melbourne, Swanston Street, Parkville
A survey of one Australia’s most influential artists, and the period that shaped our city.

Clement Meadmore (1929–2005) was one of Australia’s most internationally successful artists, largely known for his striking outdoor steel sculptures. But he was also one of the country’s more innovative and progressive mid-century designers.

Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design is a comprehensive survey of Meadmore’s contribution to ’50s and ’60s industrial design, and charts his changing aesthetic, as well as Melbourne’s cultural shift, during that period.

His first piece of furniture design – a steel rod and corded dining chair created in 1951 – won a Good Design Award from the Society of Interior Designers of Australia (SIDA) and caught the attention of highly influential modernist architect Robin Boyd.

Meadmore’s designs were popular not only with Boyd but other architects who shaped Melbourne as well, such as Neil Clerehan and Peter McIntyre. His pieces often appeared alongside those by the foremost furniture designers of the era, including Frances Burke, Grant and Mary Featherston, Fred Lowen and Douglas Snelling.

This exhibition is the result of a decade of research and presents many pieces to the public for the first time. Meadmore’s iconic designs – including chairs, tables, light fixtures and graphics – are complemented by archival images and documents, and interviews with his family and former colleagues.

More information here.

Opening hours:
Tue to Fri 10am–5pn
Sat & Sun 12pm–5pm