Coburn

A collection inspired by the John Coburn Tapestries.

John Coburn was at the height of his fame when the artist was pitched to architect Peter Hall to design the Sydney Opera House theatre curtains in 1969. The designs are inspired by Spanish artist Joan Miró’s ceramic murals for the UNESCO building in Paris: Mur du soleil and Mur de la lune. He named the curtains in similar spirit – Curtain of the Sun for the Opera Theatre (now called the Joan Sutherland Theatre) and Curtain of the Moon for the Drama Theatre.

The Sydney Opera House displayed the curtains in their original location in May 2019. In support of the exhibition and in collaboration with John Coburn's family, the curtains were transformed into a special retail collection, showcasing the vibrant colours and striking abstract imagery of the curtains for visitors to take home.