• Drinking cup (kylix), Greece, c. 490-480 BCE
  • Sofa, 'Marilyn' or 'Bocca' (mouth), designed by Studio 65, made by Gufram, Turin, Italy, 1970
  • Concert grand piano, timber / metal / ivory, made by Carl Bechstein, Berlin, Germany, 1878, exhibited in the Sydney International Exhibition, New South Wales Australia, 1879

Icons: From the MAAS Collection

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This exhibition, featuring a selection of over 70 celebrated and rarely-displayed objects from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ vast and diverse collection, explores what makes a museum object an icon in the 21st century.

From a grand concert piano to a humble elephant statue that survived the great Garden Palace fire of 1882; from Sir Howard Florey’s penicillin samples to a cochlear implant; from an ancient Greek drinking cup to the Apple 1 computer; many of the objects are leading examples of human creativity and ingenuity, and have played a significant role in shaping society and creating a better world.

This diverse array of objects are explored through themes including luxury, celebrity, status, spirituality, value and genius. You are invited to consider and question what makes something iconic.

Which is your favourite?

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