Item #CL171-129 Sydney Opera House Protest.
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Sydney Opera House Protest.

1967. Pair of screenprints by architect John Kinstler and interior designer Karen Herrie:

(a) Bring Back Utzon, 1967. Colour screenprint, 51.3 x 50.9cm. Paper remnants to image, minor crinkles, foxing.

Text includes “Appeal to the Australian Government by the world’s most famous architects. The world is deeply concerned that Joern Utzon is to be dismissed as architect in charge. The outstanding Sydney Orera [sic] House can only be successful [if] completed by Utzon himself. The destiny of this important work lies in your hand[s]. The undersigned ask you to reconsider your decision...” Illustrated in Watson (ed.), Building a Masterpiece: The Sydney Opera House, 2006, p161.

(b) Bring Utzon Back, 1967. Screenprint, 42 x 25.4cm. Paper remnants to right side of image, stains, creases and foxing overall, missing portion to left margin.

Alternate colourway is illustrated in Watson (ed.), Building a Masterpiece: The Sydney Opera House, 2006, p164.


These posters were devised, printed and distributed by a group of architects and interior designers working in the Public Works Department of the Government Architect’s Office, Sydney, in early 1967, as part of the movement to have Joern Utzon returned as architect of the Sydney Opera House following his ‘forced’ resignation in February 1966. Ref: Powerhouse Museum.


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