Past Exhibitions

Fantastical Worlds

Fantastical Worlds | Galleries 1-3 - 13 August - 24 December 2022 - Ticketed exhibition

From 13 August to 24 December 2022, The David Roche Foundation plays host to Fantastical Worlds, a travelling exhibition developed by Powerhouse museum, Sydney, comprising playful arrangements of old and new.

The Powerhouse collection holds many objects that instil a sense of wonder. Made using a wide range of materials and techniques, they seduce us with their otherworldly beauty, stimulate our imagination and shed light on how we perceive ourselves and the world.

Fantastical Worlds is developed around works from four artists and designers: Timothy Horn, Alexander McQueen, Kate Rohde and Timorous Beasties. Inspired by elaborate European art styles from the past such as Baroque, Rococo and Empire, they imaginatively transform historical ideas, forms and patterns into striking 21st century creations. Playful arrangements of new and old complement these artworks, revealing creative brilliance behind contemporary and historical designs. For this iteration of the exhibition, Powerhouse ceramics, jewellery, silver, textiles and fashion are joined by decorative arts objects and paintings from The David Roche Foundation in a wondrous offering of dazzling form, ornament and colour.

Image: Timothy Horn, Gorgonia 15,  nickel-plated bronze and mirrored blown glass, USA, 2018, Powerhouse collection, purchased with funds from the Barry Willoughby Bequest, 2018. Photo: Marinco Kojdanovski



Guided tours of the exhibition are led on Fridays at 11.15am. Free with purchase of an exhibition ticket.



Fantastical Worlds

13 August – 24 December 2022

Tuesday to Saturday 10AM – 4PM

No booking required (booking only required for guided tours).

Tickets available for purchase at the door:
Adult: $15
Concession: $12
Children under 12: Free

Past Exhibitions

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