Hot modernism sparks conversations at State Library

State Library of Queensland partnering with The UQ School of Architecture, is sharing stories of Queensland’s architectural past through the hugely popular exhibition Hot Modernism.
State Librarian Janette Wright said the exhibition had been embraced by patrons and had opened up conversations about our city and its buildings.

Hot Modernism explores and showcases the changing face of Queensland from 1945–75, revealing not only stories of the architecture, but also stories about the people who created, worked and lived in the buildings,” said Ms Wright.

“It has been a nostalgic journey for many of our visitors, with the exhibition triggering memories of people’s own experience living in and around the featured buildings, as well as sparking curiosity about the history of their own childhood haunts.”

“For us, the sign of a great exhibition is one that sparks conversation, and gets people talking, sharing and exploring their own personal stories, and we’ve definitely seen that with Hot Modernism.”

“With only a few weeks remaining of the exhibition, I encourage anyone who hasn’t yet seen it to come along and explore Hot Modernism for themselves, before doors close on 12 October,” she said.

Visitors to the exhibition can walk through a full-scale re-creation of a 1957 house, take a seat in a 1960s living room and examine 3D architectural models, original drawings and historical photographs from the time.

Hot Modernism is on display at State Library of Queensland until 12 October. Visit for more details.

The project is supported by the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Project funding scheme, and project partners BVN Donovan Hill, Conrad Gargett Riddel – Ancher Mortlock Woolley and Wilson Architects, along with principal sponsor dansk vintage.

Interviews and images available upon request.

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