Wolfgang Sievers: images of the University of Melbourne 1956–76 - Ian Potter Museum of Art

Wolfgang Sievers: images of the University of Melbourne 1956–76

28 Oct 2011 — 24 Mar 2012

Curator: Bala Starr

Wolfgang Sievers (1913–2007) was one of the finest architectural and industrial photographers working in Australia in the second half of the twentieth century.

In 1995, through the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne purchased from Wolfgang Sievers 141 photographs with accompanying negatives. The fifty-seven black and white exterior and interior views of buildings in this exhibition were taken between 1956 and 1976, a period of great development at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus.

It is likely that Sievers was commissioned by some of Melbourne’s leading architectural firms to document their new work. He visited the Parkville campus a number of times over a twenty year period, to photograph buildings by Bates Smart & McCutcheon (Russell Grimwade School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1956; Wilson Hall, 1956; and Eakins Hall, Queen’s College, 1964), JFD Scarborough (Baillieu Library, 1959), and Yuncken Freeman (Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology and Medicine, 1962).