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‘On Seeing Only Totally New Things’ Publication Launch


The Twentieth Century Society Presents the launch of the publication ‘On Seeing Only Totally New Things’, a project by artist Gavin Murphy exploring and responding to the work of designer and architect Oliver P. Bernard, with texts by AICA member Chris Fite-Wassilak, Dr. Ellen Rowley and James Merrigan. The launch will feature short talks by Catherine Croft, director of the C20 Society, Insall Asscociates (who conducted the restoration) and Paul Velluet, an authority on Oliver P. Bernard’s work as interior design consultant for J. Lyons & Co. in the ’20s & ’30s.

Monday 9 September, 6-8pm

The Crazy Coqs bar at Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1


The C20 Society presents the publication of ‘On Seeing Only Totally New Things’ with a launch event in the newly restored Art Deco interiors of the former Regent Palace Hotel, designed by Oliver P. Bernard, in Piccadilly.

The publication brings together documentation of a number of exhibitions and research material by the artist Gavin Murphy, alongside new texts by art writers James Merrigan and Chris Fite-Wassilak, architecture historian Dr. Ellen Rowley, and contributions from Catherine Croft and Patrick T. Murphy. It publishes for the first time, research and surviving documentation of the IMCO building (a demolished Modernist factory and the subject of Murphy’s 2012 film Something New Under the Sun), and a first comprehensive and illustrated monograph of that building’s designer Oliver Percy Bernard, with extensive appendices and bibliographic material.

The publication was designed in collaboration with design studio Atelier David Smith, and is published by the Royal Hibernian Academy, in association with the Irish Architecture Foundation.

Gavin Murphy is an artist and curator based in Dublin, whose work encompasses sculpture, film, research and writing. His work has been exhibited in a number of galleries and museums, including Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; BOZAR, Center for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium; and the Royal Hibernian Academy.