“Hirschfeld-Mack moved into education and had creativity as a key thing for education and was looking at these musical instruments and he wanted to teach children how to play music through colour chords,” he said.
“Everything was handmade and children didn’t have to learn notation but could create musical connections through colour.”
Two instruments, including colour chords, are on display in the exhibition. These were used to teach socially disadvantaged children at the Peckham Health Centre in south-east London.
The approach was brought to Australia and his music and colour experiments continued in hospital and healthcare treatments in the 1950s.
The exhibit then moves on to the lives of Karl and Gertrude Langer, who left Vienna months before World War II began.
One of the highlights of the exhibit includes a section devoted to the late Mr Seidler, who designed Riparian Plaza and the Riverside Centre on Eagle Street.
Seidler’s parents migrated to their new home in Australia in 1946. That home was the Seidler-designed Rose Seidler House in the Sydney suburb of Wahroonga.
“We looked at Harry in Brisbane and there’s a few key buildings. One is the whole idea of turning modern architecture back to the river,” he said.
Seidler designed more than 110 buildings during his career including the Brisbane Hilton Hotel, finished in 1986, and Riparian Plaza, completed in 2005.
Mr McNamara said Seidler focused on weather conditions and Australian lifestyle when designing buildings in Australia.
The exhibition will be on level 3 at the Museum of Brisbane from Friday, September 18 until April 18 next year.
Jocelyn Garcia is a journalist at the Brisbane Times, covering breaking news.