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1000 Year Plan for Gertrude Glasshouse 
Mia Salsjö

Mia Salsjö, First Principles, 2022, Recycled Slag-glass. Image courtesy the artist.
Mia Salsjö, First Principles, 2022, Recycled Slag-glass. Image courtesy the artist.

16 September -
8 October 2022

Gertrude Glasshouse

44 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood

Opening Thursday 15 September, 5-7pm

Mia Salsjö’s exhibition 1000 Year Plan for Gertrude Glasshouse is the artist’s reworking of the ground plans of the eponymous gallery. Drawing on the original architectural layout, the work envisioned fictional architectural structures for a culture with a projected mindset of a thousand years or more. The exhibition, with its mixed media works on paper, glass sculptures, original operatic music score, and microscopic illuminations revealing the tiniest of forms that inhabit the gallery and are normally invisible to the human eye, aimed to provoke discussion about the longevity and sustainability of the project we call contemporary art, which as many in the art scene can attest is a challenge encountered on a daily basis.

Using self-devised numerical systems and coded translations, Salsjö reformulated the existing gallery as a series of pavilions and courtyards. The Gate of Perpetual Manifesting; The Retreat of Peaceful Making; The Pavilion of Lingering Rayonism are just some of the imagined spaces. At the same time, Salsjö translated the plans into an operatic score for baritone and contralto singers, thus evoking the 19th Century roots of Glasshouse Road as an industrial hub of the city.

This project was generously supported by a City of Yarra Small Project Grant

The Gertrude Glasshouse Program is supported by the City of Yarra 2022 Annual Grants Program.

Gertrude Glasshouse is generously supported by Michael Schwarz and David Clouston.

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Gertrude Contemporary

Wurundjeri Country
21-31 High Street
Preston South VIC
Melbourne, Australia

Opening hours:
Tuesday–Sunday 11am–5pm

Gertrude Glasshouse

Wurundjeri Country
44 Glasshouse Road
Collingwood VIC
Melbourne, Australia

Opening hours:
Thursday–Saturday 12–5pm