Utzon’s Opera House


Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973, Utzon's Opera House celebrates the significance of the Opera House, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, on Australian visual artists.

The inspiration for the exhibition has its genesis in the 2012 exhibition Australian Artists and the Sydney Opera House (curated by Lin Utzon, daughter of Jørn Utzon) at the Utzon Center in Denmark, which took the work of eight Sydney artists to Aalborg, the birthplace of Jørn Utzon. 

Curated by Nick Vickers and Jane Watters, Utzon’s Opera House expands on this selection, with over 20 Australian artists including works by some of Australia’s iconic and leading artists. Included in the exhibition are Lloyd Rees, Brett Whiteley, William Dobell, John Olsen, Margaret Olley, John Coburn, Eric Thake, Ken Done, Martin Sharp, Peter Kingston, Fairlie Kingston, Kevin Connor, Noel McKenna, Chris O’Doherty aka Reg Mombassa, Tom Carment, Esme Timbrey, Michael Herron, Bruce Latimer, Rew Hanks, Bruce Goold, Glen Farmer and Mika Utzon Popov

Also on display original drawings and working models by Utzon, which are held by the State Library of New South Wales. Works will be drawn from public and private collections across the country.

View Utzon's Opera House e-catalogue

Public Programs

Sunday 1 December at 3pm
Curator Nick Vickers with printmakers Rew Hanks & Bruce Latimer.

Sunday 15 December at 3pm
Artists Peter Kingston and Tom Carment discuss their works in the exhibition.

Sunday 12 January at 3pm
Art, Life & Poetry - Join artist and NYE creative genius Reg Mombassa, with artist Mika Utzon Popov and the DiVerse poetry group as they discuss words and art.

Sunday 19 January at 3pm
Join journalist Scott Bevan for a discussion with exhibiting artists Ken Done and Noel McKenna, followed by a special screening of John Weiley's film Autopsy on a Dream: the making of the Sydney Opera House.

* Speakers subject to change without notice

In th media

'Anniversary exhibition features Australian artists' visions of the Sydney Opera House', Nick Galvin, Sydney Morning Herald, 22/11/2013

'Opera House inspires exhibition', Scott Bevan, The World Today, Radio National, 22/11/2013

'Utzon's Opera House', Tracey Clement, Review, Art Guide Australia, 28/11/2013

'An Inspiring Icon', Maisy Stapleton, East Side FM, 11/12/2013

'Utzon's Opera House', Sharne Wolff, The Art Life, 13/12/2013

'Love of sails', John McDonald, The Sydney Morning herald, 4/1/2014


List of works available here 


An S.H. Ervin Gallery exhibition presented in association with the Sydney Opera House.

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