Past Exhibitions

Exhibition 3

Kingdom Animalia & The Decorative Arts | 2013

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This exhibition displays items of all types within the collection that have a connection to the animal kingdom. Some 98 items have been selected for this exhibition which has been well received by visitors to the gallery.

They include items such as Lord Leighton’s Perseus on Pegasus (1895), a celebrated Chelsea Porcelain Music Lesson Group (circa 1760), an Imperial Napoleonic Commode with Bees (circa 1800), an Edwin Landseer painting of a Border Terrier (1820), a James Pollard Menagerie painting depicting Kangaroos in a travelling circus (circa 1820) and a Jakob Bogdany Papillon Dog (circa 1715) a personal favourite of our late founder.

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

Past Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

Flowers: Passion. Pain. Nation.

The symbolic role of flowers in Western art from the late Renaissance through to contemporary Australian art is both significant and diverse. The Dutch still-life tradition is perhaps best-known, with its association between flowers and the transience of life, but there is much more to discover. Flowers: Passion. Pain. Nation. draws together the big narratives of life – religion, marriage and death, as well as love and eroticism. Flowers are also part of Australia’s national narrative in art and a crucial source for Australian modernist women.

For David Roche, flowers were a source of endless joy in his garden and home. He collected porcelain, furniture and textiles adorned with flowers and many still-life paintings over his lifetime. David’s purchase of Theude Grönland’s Still life with flowers, 1846, was amongst his very last. These are now complimented by major paintings from public and private collections and illustrate the universal appeal of flowers across the centuries in Western art.  Artists represented in Flowers: Passion. Pain. Nation. include Henri Fantin-Latour, Bartolomeo Passerotti, Tom Roberts, Hans Heysen, Margaret Preston, Adrian Feint, Arthur Boyd, Max Dupain, Anna Platten and Michael Zavros.

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