A valued patron and friend of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, in his will Willoughby left the Museum many objects and funds for acquisitions. Reflecting his passion for 20th century glass, this small display includes Australian studio glass of the 1980s, French art deco vases by René Lalique and examples of Italian, French and English modernism.
French artists and inspiration from France is present throughout the objects, which include the ‘Erebus’ Op Art’ glass sculpture designed by Victor Vasarely, a Paris-based artist.
While you’re here, don’t miss Australian artist Timothy Horn’s amazing bronze and mirrored glass artwork ‘Gorgonia 15’ which draws
inspiration in part from the 17th century French jewellery patterns of Gilles Légaré, court jeweller to Louis XIV. ‘Gorgonia 15’ was
purchased with funds from the Willoughby Bequest and is on display now as a part of the Fantastical Worlds exhibition.
The Barry Willoughby Bequest display and Fantastical Worlds are free with general entry to the Powerhouse Museum.