Current Exhibition

Edo Style: Art of Japan (1615–1868)

Galleries 1 to 3

5 September – 22 December 2018

Edo was a place, a time period and a state of mind. The relative peace and prosperity of the Edo period (1615–1868) fostered a culture of creativity in urban centres defined by the diversions and pursuits of the style conscious merchant classes which contrasted with the conservative aesthetics of the ruling military elite.  From elegant lacquerware and screens depicting seasonal landscapes to woodblock prints capturing the dynamic kabuki actors and courtesans, Edo Style includes over 150 works of art on loan from the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, private lenders, as well as The David Roche Collection.

Curated by guest curator: Russell Kelty, Asian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10AM to 4PM. Closed Sunday to Monday.

Admission Price: Adult $10. Concession $8. Children under 5 free.

No booking required.

[Tickets for the house museum tour include admission to Edo Style]

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Image caption: Utagawa Hiroshige  歌川 広重  1797–1858, The Ide River in Yamashiro province (Yamashiro ide no Tamagawa), no. 3 from the series ‘The six jewel rivers in various provinces (shokoku mu tamagawa)’, 1857, Edo, colour woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper; Gift of Brian and Barbara Crisp in memory of their son Andrew 2003. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. 20033G32


Future Exhibition

The Pursuit of Pattern

The sumptuous decoration of architectural interiors and the many varied objects that inhabited them was at the heart of creating lavish 18th and 19th century homes in Europe and Britain. David Roche had a great affinity for this style of decorating and the exhibition The Pursuit of Pattern explores the fashion for inlaid surface patterns on furniture and objets d’art as well as jewellery.

The exhibition reawakens the passion for, and beauty of, the near-lost techniques of working in marquetry, pietra dure, hardstones, micromosaics and more. Enjoy exquisite marquetry furniture in exotic timbers and superb glass mosaic pictures laid into table tops achieved by the most highly-skilled craftsmen working in Europe. An appreciation for pattern and semi-precious materials was similarly employed in the creation of micromosaic jewellery and small boxes as souvenirs of the Italian Grand Tour. The ‘taste’ for inlaid pattern was insatiable and the techniques rose to the challenge of creating pieces which now, in the 21st century, are viewed as splendid curiosities of lost arts.

Drawn from the extensive holdings of The David Roche Collection as well as public and private collections in Australia, The Pursuit of Pattern is a rare occasion to consider the virtues of pattern and the handmade.

Gallery 3

22 January to 29 June 2019   


Fermoy House Tours

Join us at The David Roche Foundation for an insightful and interesting guided tour of Fermoy House, David’s Federation-style residence in Melbourne Street, North Adelaide. See how David Roche lived whilst enjoying the sumptuous house interiors crammed with British Regency, French Empire and Russian objects collected over a lifetime.

Access to Fermoy House is by guided tours only.

Tours last approximately 1 hr 15 mins.

Book a tour now to reserve your spot.

General: $20, Concession: $17.

Note: Telephone assisted bookings incur a fee of $8 per ticket.

Free parking on site.

** Guided tour price includes entry into Edo Style: Art of Japan (1615–1868) **

Image caption: David’s Yellow Drawing Room

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Past Exhibitions

Since 2012 The David Roche Foundation has regularly curated exhibitions from its Collection. Until 2016 these were displayed at a small Viewing Gallery (now closed).

Past exhibitions include Transition; The Human Form in Art; Art from the Hearth; Motifs from Nature; Kingdom Animalia & the Decorative Arts; French Inspiration; and The David Roche Foundation Collection, details of which can be accessed here.

Image: Francis Calcroft Turner, active 1810-1846. Roxanna, dam of Lath & grand-dam of Eclipse, oil on canvas. England 1845.


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