Dora Ohlfsen and the facade commission
The exterior of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (and the empty space above the door where the commission should be)
The true story of the Gallery’s unfinished frieze and the new commission to complete it
At the start of the 20th century, Dora Ohlfsen, an Australian living in Rome, was one of the world’s most highly regarded sculptors and designers of medals and medallions. In 1913, she was asked to submit designs for a frieze at the entrance of the Art Gallery of NSW. So why was it that, by 1919, her chariot race in bronze had been rejected? This exhibition unpacks the 100-year-old story, bringing together work by Ohlfsen with plans for a new commission that will finally take pride of place above the front doors of the Gallery.
12 Oct 2019 – Mar 2020
Lowy, Gonski Gallery