George Nelson: architect, writer, designer, teacher
Opens on 3 August 2013
This exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective of the work of George Nelson (1908–1986), one of the most influential figures in American design during the second half of the 20th century. Nelson created classics of modern furniture and interior design, including the Coconut Chair (1956), the Marshmallow Sofa (1956), the Ball Clock (1947) and the Bubble Lamps (1952 onwards). He was also a prominent author, editor, lecturer, exhibition designer and a passionate photographer.
Australian International Design Awards 2013
Opens 2 August 2013
See a selection of innovative products from the Australian International Design Awards 2013 entries. Those displayed, are chosen for their outstanding design, innovation and significance to Australia’s material culture.
Playing with Light
Opens 14 September 2013
Interact with a variety of illuminating hands-on displays! Make yourself shorter, taller, thinner or wider with our flexible mirrors, mix together coloured lights, freeze and interact with your shadows, use strobe lighting to examine a piece of machinery rotating at high speed, make light bounce down a stream of water, plus challenge your friends in our maze of lasers!
The Oopsatoreum: inventions of Henry A. Mintox
Opens late 2013
Author and filmmaker Shaun Tan’s new collaboration with the Powerhouse Museum is the fictional tale of a strikingly original but spectacularly unsuccessful inventor: Henry A. Mintox. Shaun’s whimsical stories of Mintox’s failed inventions are inspired by strange and largely obscure objects from the Powerhouse Museum collection. more..
Powerhouse Museum garden
The Powerhouse Museum plans to establish a garden on-site in Ultimo. If you live in the neighbouring Ultimo, Pyrmont and Chinatown areas, we'd like to hear what you think. more...