Featured Tapestries

Homage to Carl Emmanuel Bach

Danish architect, Jorn Utzon (1918–2008), was the designer of Australia’s most distinctive national icon, the Sydney Opera House. He won the tender for the Opera House in 1957, but the project was besieged by political wrangling, budget overhauls and compromises to his design resulting in Utzon’s resignation before the building’s completion in 1973. Later acknowledged as the creator of an architectural masterpiece, he was awarded a Hononary Doctorate from the University of Sydney in 2003 and in the same year received a Companion of the Order of Australia, as well as architecture’s most prestigious international award,the Pritzker Prize. The Sydney Opera House was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2007, a vindication of Utzon’s achievement before his death in 2008.

As the interior of Utzon’s original design had never been fully realised, he was recommissioned in 2000 to oversee a redevelopment of the building’s interior design. The first space to be redesigned to Utzon’s specifications was the Reception Hall, re-named The Utzon Room in his honour. The venue features the tapestry Homage to Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach, designed by Utzon himself and inspired by CPE Bach’s Hamburg Symphonies and Raphael’s painting Procession to Calvary. The tapestry derives from a collage featuring torn strips of coloured paper writ large into floating forms that take on an architectural dimension. Against the pale-blonde timber floor and walls, the tapestry glows with vibrancy and movement. The shapes tumble across the length of the work in an almost musical configuration: like a notation of syncopated acoustic elements forming point and counterpoint over the picture plane.

Jorn Utzon- Sydney Opera House

Interpretation: Graznya Bleja