Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

Triumph & Tragedy: Catherine, the Romanovs & Fabergé

12 July – 21 December

David Roche first travelled to Russia in 1994 and was overwhelmed by the opulent art and palaces of St Petersburg. His amazement and joy turned to a passion for collecting Russian art, and in almost 20 years he amassed a singularly unique collection in Australia.

Exhibited for the first time in Triumph & Tragedy: Catherine, the Romanovs & Fabergé, the David Roche Foundation has curated more than 150 items from David’s personal collection and significant national loans. Official portraits of Catherine the Great and Emperor Nicholas I reside alongside the personal hand seal of Emperor Alexander I and porcelain especially commissioned for the Hermitage and Pavlovsk Palace.

Precious objects in malachite, glass and gilt-bronze abounded throughout the Romanov period and are woven into this stunning exhibition, which highlights the internationalism of 19th century Russia. Gaze upon the visages of Catherine and the Romanovs in painting and sculpture. Be entranced by precious vases and plates from the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory.

Yet, above all, the final decades of the Russian Empire are remembered for the work of Fabergé.  View David Roche’s Fabergé including a parasol handle from the collection of Queen Anne of Romania, gold boxes and small objects, complemented by Fabergé miniature eggs, jewellery, enamel ware on loan from private collectors. All only for Triumph & Tragedy.

Triumph & Tragedy exhibits more than 150 items from The David Roche Collection and significant loans from private and public collections.

Tuesday to Saturday 10 – 4. No bookings required.

Exhibition tours: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 11:15am (free with entry)

Tickets: $12 adult. $10 concession.

Upcoming 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 an 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 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, Francis Cotes, Tom Roberts, Hans Heysen, Margaret Preston, Adrian Feint, Arthur Boyd, Max Dupain, Anna Platten and Michael Zavros.

 

Opening 25 January 2020!

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.

Book a tour now to reserve your spot.

General: $20, Concession: $17.    Note: Telephone assisted bookings incur a fee of $8 per ticket.

** Guided tour price includes entry into the Museum wing (Triumph & Tragedy: Catherine, the Romanovs & Fabergé) **

Tours of Fermoy House : Tuesday – Saturday.

Please select your preferred time below:

10:00AM 12:00PM 2:00PM

PLEASE NOTE: Entry to the Museum wing (Triumph & Tragedy: Catherine, The Romanovs & Fabergéonly does not require a booking.

 

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