TDRF House Museum & Gallery – A Special Event Lecture & Milestone

The David Roche Foundation House Museum and Gallery, North Adelaide, South Australia photo by Max Creasy
The David Roche Foundation House Museum and Gallery, North Adelaide, South Australia photo by Max Creasy
The David Roche Foundation House Museum and Gallery, North Adelaide, South Australia photo by Max Creasy

The David Roche Foundation House Museum and Gallery, North Adelaide, South Australia photo by Max Creasy

At The David Roche Foundation House Museum and Gallery in North Adelaide (TDRF), art dealer and consultant Michael Carr will on Thursday May 25 at 6pm, discuss why the Palace of Pavlovsk represents the apotheosis of Russian Imperial art, design and architecture.

Pavlovsk-1Pavlovsk stands on the hilly banks of the Slavianka, deep in the woods in the environs of Tsarskoye Selo and was the last of the palace complexes built in the environs of St. Petersburg. Catherine the Great of Russia made a gift of the Palace during the late eighteenth century to her son Paul and his wife Maria Feodorovna, who was instrumental in ensuring it became one of the most admired in western architecture and design history.

Drawing-Room-PavlovskToday its fame rests on the splendour of its classical architecture, incredible interiors, great art collections, and on the beauty of its spacious park, which incredibly was all restored after the German army during WWII raised it to the ground.

TDRF Russian Room CGThe talk will also highlight several items in the David Roche Collection thought to have been designed for the Palace of Pavlovsk, which are of the same period and quality comparable to the Palace collection.

David Roche (1930 – 2013) came late to collecting wares from Russia and went on a passionate pursuit in the final decade or so of his life.

The history of the Romanoff Tsars, their families and their patronage of the arts fascinated him and he enjoyed over six trips to Russia during that time, to discover Moscow and St Petersburg from top to bottom and from front to back.

He planned the ‘over the top’ Russian Room now in situ in his House Museum prior to his death, gaining permissions to re-produce the rich blue wallpaper with gilded ornament and stars, attributed to the period when architects Andrey Voronikhin (1759-1814) and Carlo Rossi (1775 – 1849) were working at Pavlovsk.

Paul KeatingIt scarcely seems possible it is now one year since The Hon. Paul Keating officially opened The David Roche Foundation House Museum and Gallery in Melbourne Street, North Adelaide.

Roche BIt will celebrate its first birthday by opening its contemporary Gallery only FREE for visitors on Saturday June 3. Director Martyn Cook advises they will have its volunteers conduct tours of its latest exhibition Kings Queens and Courtiers. Fermoy House however will remain closed.

David Roche Drawing Room‘The museum and its collection are a surprise gem in the heart of Adelaide’ is only one of the quotes left by visitors to TDRF’s Facebook page – ‘What can one say about this extraordinary gentleman and the legacy he has left the people of South Australia?’, says another.

Martyn Cook Headshot

During the year since it opened more than 5,500 local, national and international visitors have booked in for guided tours of The David Roche Foundation House Museum and Gallery and have left singing its praises.

‘Stunning world class collection in a beautiful setting. Yet again lucky old Adelaide. Special mention to the most delightful and informed people who showed us a good time including Director Martyn Cook and our phenomenal guide, Sandra. I’d give it six if I could!’

“Comments exceed all expectations”, said Cook (pictured) recently. “We have had wonderful feedback, including visitors telling us it is the best tour they have ever done. David spent his life on a quest to find the perfect object and he would be absolutely thrilled to know that his dream of a purpose-built house museum for the people of Adelaide and beyond has been so successful in its first year”

Roche CGaining a reputation as a destination of cultural significance, with new events each month including a feast of international and national guest speakers Robert Reason the Senior Curator noted they ‘… have plans for lots more activities in the months to come’. 

Visit soon and find the one thing you love.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2017

Lecture Michael Carr
Empress Maria Feodorovna and the Palace of Pavlovsk

The David Roche House Museum and Gallery
241 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, South Australia

Thursday May 25 at 6:00 pm

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The David Roche House Museum and Gallery

241 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, South Australia

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Saturday 3 June, 10.45am to 4pm

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