New Horizons : Exhibition

Exhibition materials, including archival drawings, documentation, interviews, print media, 3D models and film explore the narratives of émigré creatives who migrated to Australia in the 40s, 50s, and 60s

The interwar and post-war period was a time of major global upheaval.

Across Europe, designers, artists, architects, and other creative people experienced major prejudice, persecution and a resounding rejection of modern ideas in favour of a stifling return to tradition.

Escalating xenophobia and anti-semitism in the early decades of the 20th century meant that many countries treated their most innovative, esteemed, revered and established practitioners with increasing suspicion and criticism. This reached a devastating conclusion during World War Two that resulted in many European thinkers and makers realising that their country of birth or their newly adopted homes were now untenable and life-threatening.

Exhibtion Themes

This exhibition aims to present the beginnings of an ongoing survey into the migration of some well-known and some lesser known designers and practitioners, and the deeply influential place they cemented in the burgeoning art and design landscape of Australia in the  1940s, 50s, and 60s.

By showcasing the Perth-based émigré Iwan Iwanoff alongside a collective chorus of artists, designers, architects and creatives of European origin and education who practiced in Melbourne, we hope to contribute to the redress and revival of their careers: through great duress and loss often came new horizons and prolific legacies.

This exhibition is held at the Dulux Gallery at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, between 27th February - 04th April 2023, and is part of an ongoing survey by the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning into the role, impact, and influence emigre creatives have had on Australia's design landscape.

See below for recordings of ASSOCIATED EVENTS.

  • Floor Talk on the Studio of Iwanoff


Full Title

New Horizons : Through Darkness comes Light

Exhibition Location

Dulux Gallery, Melbourne School of Design


27.02.23 - 04.04.23

Project Team

Professor Alan Pert (University of Melbourne)
Professor Philip Goad (University of Melbourne) 
Mr Theo Blankley (University of Melbourne)


Mr Theo Blankley (University of Melbourne)