Books & Catalogues

Slawa Horowitz-Duldig Modernist Art and Design

Edited by Melinda Mockridge 

This book celebrates the creativity of Slawa Horowitz-Duldig – artist, designer, teacher and inventor of the modern foldable umbrella – an Austrian/Australian artist whose life and career was so disrupted by the upheaval of the Second World War. Slawa’s story is told through works of art, rare photographs and archival material sourced from the Duldig Studio museum in Melbourne – home of a creative couple, Slawa and her husband, distinguished sculptor Karl Duldig.

This is her story, one of determination to create, not only art, but a museum which would be a legacy for us all.

Cost: $77 plus p&h $17 Australia. Collection from the Studio available by arrangement – email

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Driftwood: Escape and survival through art

by Eva de Jong Duldig

‘We are spread out in every direction of the wind.’ – Karl Duldig 1941

In 1938 sculptor Karl Duldig, his wife Slawa Horowitz-Duldig – inventor of the modern foldable umbrella – and their baby daughter Eva, left their home in Vienna for an uncertain future. They found a brief refuge in Singapore before arriving in Sydney on 25 September 1940. Australia was at war: they were classified as enemy aliens and interned in an isolated camp in northern Victoria.

Karl said, ‘A game of tennis saved my life’. The story follows the family’s narrow escape from Nazi Austria, as well as the recovery of all their Viennese art and other possessions after the war.

Spanning three continents and three generations, it poignantly captures both the loss that families encounter when they are dislocated by war and the challenges they face when adapting to a new way of life.

Cost: $44 plus p&h $15 Australia, $30 overseas.
Collection from the Studio available by arrangement – email


The Rising Sun

written by Eva de Jong Duldig, illustrated by Janine Kibblewhite

An illustrated children’s book about the little ship, Rising Sun, is tossed about in the wild seas and is blown ashore on the Queensland Teewah coast.  She survives cyclones and storms, but holds onto her dream till she finally sails the ocean’s waves again.The story was penned by Eva after the family drove up the North Shore of Queensland’s Teewah Coast in the 1970’s to see the Cherry Venture marooned near the coloured sand cliffs.  the story has been brought to life by the illustrations by Janine Kibblewhite.

Cost: $26 plus p&h $10 Australia, $30 overseas

The Studio of Karl Duldig – A Living Legacy

Exhibition Catalogue (2021)

This exhibition tells the story of the sculptor Karl Duldig, his journey from Europe to Australia and the studios he established along the way. He expressed his ideas in multiple mediums including stone, clay, wood, ceramics and bronze to create a powerful body of modernist works that communicate about family life, WWII, displacement and survival through art.
The catalogue for The Studio of Karl Duldig – A Living Legacy features an introduction by Museum Director Lyndel Wischer, an essay by Dr. Jane Eckett from the University of Melbourne, and a personal essay by Duldig Studio founder Eva de Jong-Duldig.
Cost: $12 plus p&h $15 Australia, $30 overseas  

Art Behind the Wire 

Exhibition Catalogue (2014) – written by Melinda Mockridge

Catalogue to the exhibition held at Duldig Studio. The Duldig Gallery, Illustrated. Glen Iris, Vic.

In 1940 the Duldig family found themselves behind barbed wire, interned as enemy aliens in country Victoria. The exhibition examines why this happened, and how Karl continued to create art – despite these difficult circumstances.

Commendation – 2015 Victorian Community History Awards for Historical Interpretation.

Cost: $20 plus p&h $15 Australia, $30 overseas

The Duldig Studio – a history

Helen Kiddell (2010)

Illustrated 51 pages. English

A short guide to the Duldig Studio, with a history and brief outline of the careers of both artists, Karl Duldig and Slawa Horowitz-Duldig.

Cost: $30 plus p&h $15 Australia, $30 overseas  

Duldig Studio Documentaries, Volume 1

DVD, 2016

Written & presented by Eva de Jong-Duldig
Filmed and produced by Dr David Smith
Curation: Stefan Damschke
Winner in the Victorian Community History Awards (2016) for Interpretation

Discover the story of a European refugee family and their lucky escape from Vienna to Melbourne where they rebuilt their lives and created the Duldig Studio.

These four short documentaries tell the extraordinary story of sculptor Karl Duldig (1902 – 1986) and his wife, artist Slawa Duldig nee Horowitz (c.1902 – 1975) who, with their baby daughter Eva, made the difficult journey from Vienna to Australia, via Singapore, during World War Two.

Against All Odds – The remarkable survival of a Viennese treasure (11min 16sec)
Europe Meets Asia – Karl Duldig, a Viennese sculptor in pre-war Singapore (13min 10sec)
Art Behind the Wire – Refugee families interned in Australia during WWII (11min 15sec)
Re-shaping the World – Karl Duldig, a European Modernist in Australia (12min 22 sec)

Cost: $30 plus p&h $15 Australia, $30 overseas

Survey Sculpture & Graphic Works 1922-1982

Karl Duldig (1983)
Foreward by Patrick McCaughey 
Originally published in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Karl Duldig, Survey, Sculpture and Graphic Works 1922-1982’ mounted at McClelland Gallery in Langwarrin, Victoria. (7 November – 1982 – 15 January 1983.) 

This book features details and images of Karl’s lifetime of work accompanied by quotes from the artist. 

Cost: $25 plus p&h $15, $30 overseas

Karl Duldig, Sculpture | Drawings

Dr. Peter Stasny (ed.) (2003)

Catalogue to the exhibition in Vienna, Krakow and Melbourne. Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna, Ltd. English and German, fully illustrated 174 pages. Also available in Polish.
Beautifully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition held at the Jewish Museum of Vienna in 2003. Includes compelling essays on Karl’s career in Europe, Singapore and Australia

Cost: $120 plus p&h $15 Australia, $30 overseas