‘Slawa Horowitz-Duldig: Modernist Art and Design’ Book Launch



Sun 26 May 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Free, booking required


92 Burke Road, Malvern East VIC, Australia


Celebrate the launch of the new publication Slawa Horowitz-Duldig, Modernist Art and Design focused on the talented émigré artist, designer, teacher and wife of sculptor Karl Duldig, Slawa Horowitz-Duldig.

One of a number of émigré artists who contributed to the dissemination of modernist principles in Australia, Slawa is rightly celebrated for her design of the modern foldable umbrella, but her sculpture and painting on display at the Duldig Studio demonstrate a significant talent, cut short by the vagaries of war. This informative and beautifully designed book pays tribute to this modern woman and her achievements, both in Australia and Europe.

Hear from award winning designers, Klarissa Pfisterer and Hamish Freeman (Pfisterer + Freeman) about the process of design and working with the art and archives of a house museum established by Slawa and her daughter, Eva de Jong-Duldig.


Presented by Duldig Studio Museum and Sculpture Garden
The Duldig Studio is a house museum in Malvern East, Melbourne. It houses a nationally significant collection of art, furniture and archival material in a Californian bungalow and sculpture garden which tell a story of migration and survival through art. The Duldig Studio presents exhibitions and runs regular classes and events focused on the collection.

Dr Alison Inglis Moderator

Alison Inglis is an Honorary Fellow in Art History at the University of Melbourne. A former Associate Professor, she co-ordinated the MA of Art Curatorship programme for many years, and taught subjects on nineteenth-century art, technical art history, and museum studies. Her research areas are nineteenth-century British and Australian art and the history of art collections and exhibitions.

Klarissa Pfisterer and Hamish Freeman (Pfisterer + Freeman) Speakers

With a background in design and branding in Australia and the UK, Hamish and Klarissa launched Pfisterer + Freeman in 2000. They continue to assist organisations with their brand and print background, but they specialise in book projects for artists, individuals with an idea or story to share and publishers big and small throughout Australia. Hamish and Klarissa believe the sharing of thoughts and imaginings through books and design is a worthy use of their skills. The work of Hamish and Klarissa has been awarded many times by Melbourne Art Directors Club, Australian Graphic Design Association, Australian Publishing Association and Australian Book Designers Association.

Eva de Jong-Duldig Speaker

Eva de Jong-Duldig was born in Vienna in 1938 and came to Australia in 1940. Eva worked as a teacher, recreation consultant, playground designer and freelance writer. She founded the Duldig Studio in 1996. In 2009 she was Stonnington Citizen of the Year for arts and culture. She was also Chair of the Public Art Committee of the National Trust (Vic) and contributed widely to artistic and other community organisations. Eva’s family memoir DRIFTWOOD, escape and survival through art was published in 2017.