Past Exhibitions

Exhibition 7

T→r→a→n→s→i→t→i→o→n | 12 May 2015 – 28 April 2016


The  Foundation  established by the  late David J K  Roche A.M. has been  in predictable transition following his death on March 27th 2013 and has now taken a quantum leap as the decision was made to move his beloved collection, which has now ‘left the building’ for safe storage.

Never did we imagine the collection leaving Fermoy House, however it has allowed us all to review and photograph almost every item and, as David wished, to enthusiastically lend his items for public display.

David Roche’s gift to his cherished city of Adelaide is now safely secured employing a myriad of facilities including his adored Art Gallery of South Australia, other galleries, secure stores and elsewhere. David’s beloved Fermoy Kennels, the Graeco-Roman Pool complex, conservatory, the fruit orchards and gardens have been swept away in the demolition, allowing for his much planned dream to be realised.

Work has commenced and now Fermoy House looks a little like a house on the prairie!

The David Roche Foundation House Museum consisting of Fermoy house and the new wing designed by Williams Burton Architects, will achieve our founders desire to show interiors as he lived at home and provide a series of black painted rooms to display highlights from his collection and others, to the general public.

Exhibition 7 directly benefits from this transition as some items that would never have been available for display in the Viewing Gallery are now here; including the Russian Chandeliers from the Roman Room. Also David Roche’s Empire style Bed and a marvellous English mahogany & rosewood break-front Bookcase from his Den.

We are very grateful for the expertise of Dr Jennifer Harris, Adelaide, in the preparation of Cat No. 13 TDRF 511;Cat No. 16 TDRF 1008; Cat No. 35 TDRF 1628; Cat No. 36 TDRF 1653; Cat No. 37 TDRF 1656; Cat No. 38 TDRF 1658; Cat No. 57 TDRF 2102;Cat No. 60 TDRF 2253; Cat No. 77 TDRF 2266; Cat No. 93 TDRF 3214.

We are very grateful for the expert Research on military paintings by Ronald Pawly,Belgium & Jenny Spencer-Smith,England for Cat No. 107 TDRF 311 & Cat No.64 TDRF 2415.

Image – TDRF 1515 The Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read Argand Lamp Torcheres signed Robert Shout, 1802, London. Reassembled to be photographed during transition by Adam Kromkamp and Jeffrey Fischer

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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