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A Modern Life: Tablewares 1930s – 1980s Exhibition

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Currently on display at National Gallery of Victoria until January, 2019, is A Modern Life: Tablewares 1930s – 1980s exhibition. There are more than 140 never-seen-before tablewares including dinner services, pitchers, teapots, mugs and plates from domestic lives of past eras.

A Modern Life: Tablewares 1930s – 1980s explores the transformation of lifestyles following World War II, when tableware design emerged in bold colours, versatility in design and technical innovations.

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The exhibition celebrates a generous gift from Melbourne collector John Hinds, which includes works by leading manufacturers Wedgwood, Rosenthal and Poole Pottery and designers Keith Murray, Ulla Procopι and Jens Quistgaard.

Pieces from American Modern range by American designer Russel Wright will be on display. They are renowned for using of bold colours and streamlined forms. Items include teapots, pitchers and plates.

Also showcased are the financial and social changes to womens' roles post-war. A section is dedicated to the female designers of the time and their stories, including Marianne Westmann, Kathie Winkle and, in particular, Eva Striker Zeisel.

Image supplied by National Gallery of Victoria

Tableware in the 1960's saw the introduction of affordable and practical plastics as the material of choice for domestic designs with Australian manufacturer Nylex. Bright colours and fashionable patterns were popular as informal gatherings, including outdoor parties and picnics became common.

Visit A Modern Life: Tablewares 1930s – 1980s exhibition where you'll discover how our modern fascination with interior and domestic design began.
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Why? Come and view tableware of days gone by
When: 30 March - 20 January
Phone: (03) 8620 2222
Where: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Cost: Free
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