On Saturday the @library_vic unveiled an entire series of photography by 20th century architectural draughtsman, design enthusiast and amateur photographer Peter Wille. The free exhibition entitled “Peter Wille: Out Driving” documents Melbourne's mid-century architecture and features a number of Robin Boyd's designs. Taken from the library's collection of more than 6000 colour slides, the exhibition will showcase a period of modernism – featuring the groundbreaking work of architects Robin Boyd and many of his contemporaries Peter McIntyre, Kevin Borland, and John and Phyllis Murphy. Exhibition curator Eve Sainsbury said the exhibition would explore how the types of buildings in four areas of Melbourne reflect their environment. Suburbs will include South Yarra and Toorak in the south east, Kew in the east, Beaumaris, Aspendale and Frankston in bayside, and the outer suburbs of Eltham and Warrandyte.
“These images give a unique and candid insight into a period of pioneering Australian architecture,” Ms Sainsbury said.
“Wille’s passion for design is evident in his dedication to amassing this significant survey of Melbourne’s mid-century buildings. Setting out with just his car and his camera, Wille captured almost two decades of design and social history.”
The free exhibition will be open daily, with a curator talk on Tuesday 12 February.
Image credit: 1. Beaumaris by Robin Boyd 2. Fishbowl by Robin Boyd .
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