The Ideal Home explores Australian experiences of home across the past 100 years, encompassing domestic architecture, design, and technology, alongside contemporary social issues which threaten the fabric of our intimate lives: domestic violence, homelessness, housing affordability and the notion of Australia as refuge.
The exhibition runs across two sites, the Powerhouse Museum and Penrith Regional Gallery.
The exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum showcases avant-garde mid-century art and design for the modern domestic environment. Key objects will reveal how Australian artists, architect, designers embraced utopian European ideas of modernism, the language of abstract forms, and a vision that art and design had an important role to play in society. This display also includes an extraordinary contemporary work by artist Bonita Ely, Singer Sewing Machine Gun.
The exhibition at Penrith Regional Gallery will include approximately 70 objects from the MAAS collection of post-war furniture, home appliances, architectural models, interior design, and everyday domestic objects, with an emphasis on mid-century Australian design. Featured will be recent and commissioned artworks by artists Catherine O’Donnell, eX de Medici, Blake Griffiths, Richard Goodwin, Karla Dickens, Eliza Gosse, Cope Street Collective, and Victoria Garcia.
The exhibition is supported by a rich public program which includes camp outs in the Penrith Regional Gallery gardens, community meals, writing workshops and panel discussions.