Current Exhibition

Flowers: Passion. Pain. Nation.

9 June – 8 August 2020

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.

Tuesday to Saturday 10AM – 4PM. No booking required.

Tickets: $10 adult. $8 concession.


Image: Ah Xian (China/Australia born 1960), Jingdong Cloisonné Factory, China, Human human – cloisonné bust 3, 2001, Dachang County, Hebei Province, cloisonné enamel on copper, 45.0 x 42.5 x 25.5 cm, Gift of ETSA Utilities and the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2006, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide © courtesy the artist, 20063S1


Current Exhibition

Musée Extérieur - North Adelaide Art Trail

14 July - 14 September 2020

The Musée Extérieur (Outdoor Museum) is a City of Adelaide curated art trail consisting of reproductions of 10 paintings from the collection of the Thomas Henry Museum in Cherbour-en-Cotentin, France, that winds its way through North Adelaide. All the works are life-size reproductions of European Master paintings from as early as the 15th century. The David Roche Foundation is the second stop on the trail with Simon Vouet’s (France 1590-1649) Allegory of Peace (also known as Ceres trampling the attributes of War) on the front wall of the Foundation.

To view the whole route, visit the City of Adelaide’s website, where you can find a self-guided tour map as well as information about each work on display:


Image: Simon Vouet (France 1590-1649), Allegory of Peace, c.1745, oil on canvas, 109.5 x 99cm

Future Exhibition

War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics

10 September - 19 December 2020

War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics brings the art form of ‘military intarsia’ back to vivid life with some 30 breathtaking examples spanning from the Napoleonic Wars through the Crimean War of the mid-19th century to the late 19th century British colonial wars in India and southern Africa.

Although now largely forgotten, ‘military intarsia’ quilting is a craft that was widely practised in British and European militaries of the 18th and 19th centuries, where soldiers repurposed scraps of discarded military and dress uniforms – often no more than a couple of centimetres in size – to construct spellbinding textile mosaics with the most intricate and beautiful geometric patterns.

These quilts demonstrate not only the remarkable skill of the makers, but also reflect the preoccupations of these ordinary soldiers as they served in wartime – some declaring their patriotism with images of flags, coats of arms or embroidered portraits of monarchs, others more personally focussed with dedications to siblings or village and pastoral vignettes. These quilts stand as a testament that beauty can still be derived from the most terrible of circumstances.


Image: Maker unknown (initials J.S.J), Intarsia with soldiers, c. 1760-80, possibly Prussia, wool, all hand-sewn, intarsia, 140 x 110 cm. The Annette Gero Collection. Photo Tim Connolly, Shoot Studios.

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