Current Exhibition

The Madness of the Gods: Love, War & Transgressions 22 August 2017 – 17 February 2018

Emblematic of the Gods and Goddesses, the David Roche Collection, from the facade of the new wing, throughout the galleries and his residence, abounds with Greco-Roman ideals. His former swimming pool was testament to the Aegean.

The faux-marbled architraves and door reveals, the faux-malachite pilasters and skirtings, epitomise the perfection of ancient ornament. From emperors divine and despotic, to deities and sirens, most of the works on display reflect the Classical ideal.

The pedestals and curtains, the ceiling decoration, and the chandelier centred with a follower of Dionysus dancing aloft a trio of Bacchant thyrsus, summon the mythological theme of his favourite/grandest rooms.

David Roche did not profess to be a Classics scholar, however he knew a god when he saw one! As Caesar in his school play at Geelong Grammar, he continued to live the role as emperor in his own domain.

Senior Curator, Robert Reason, of the David Roche Collection has selected a wonderful mix of deities and heroes with divine powers, portrayed in all their glory and physical perfection.

 We are also very privileged to be able to include Lord Leighton’s The Cymbalist, c.1869, in the exhibition. Generously on loan from a private collection in Queensland, this major work is exhibited in Adelaide for the first time.


Gallery Exhibitions

Gallery 1: Neoclassic: The Spirit of Antiquity | Gallery 2: Rococo: Graceful Exuberance

The exhibitions of The David Roche Foundation House Museum showcase the fundamental areas of David’s collecting passion. The Rococo and Neoclassic periods, spanning eighteenth-century Europe, were a rich and rewarding hunting ground for David. Sumptuous furniture, porcelain, clocks, metalware and textiles reflect his prerequisite for quality, notable makers and, if possible, a provenance to royalty, aristocracy or notable figures.

Your entry fee includes all exhibitions and entry to Fermoy House.

Image: attributed to Johann Baptist Lampi the Elder, Catherine the Great, c. 1791


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).

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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