Melbourne Modern: European Art & Design at RMIT since 1945 | Curators’ Floor Talk

Join curators Dr Jane Eckett and Professor Harriet Edquist as they discuss the fascinating and complicated story of Melbourne Modern: European art and design at RMIT since 1945. The exhibition traces the legacy of European intervention and interdisciplinarity through successive generations of RMIT teachers and students to the present day.

Melbourne Modern features many works from the RMIT Art Collection and RMIT Design Archives that have never been publicly exhibited, including amazing examples of gold and silversmithing and examples of kinetic jewellery, as well as rarely seen archival material in the form of documentary photographs, posters and teaching materials.

About the Curators

Dr Jane Eckett is a sessional lecturer in Art History at the University of Melbourne

Harriet Edquist is Professor of Architectural History at RMIT University and Director of the RMIT Design Archive



This venue is wheelchair accessible. RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.


Exhibition21 Jun – 17 Aug 2019

Melbourne Modern: European art & design at RMIT since 1945

In the wake of World War II hundreds of exiled and displaced European artists, architects and designers arrived in Melbourne and sought…

Event20 Jun 2019

Opening night: Melbourne Modern: European art & design at RMIT since 1945

Please join us for the opening night of Melbourne Modern: European art & design at RMIT since 1945 on Thursday 20 June…