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A travelling exhibition developed by Powerhouse
Kate Rohde, Deer vase, cast and hand-finished polyurethane, Melbourne, 2016, Powerhouse Collection, purchased 2017. Photo: Sam Roberts.

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.

Peter Chang, bracelet: polyester, polyurethane foam, acrylic, silver, Glasgow, Scotland, 2004, Powerhouse commission, purchased 2005.

Fantastical Worlds is developed around works by 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.

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

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.

Nora Rochel, fair trade frosted silver ring, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2013, Powerhouse collection, purchased with funds from Yasuko Myer Bequest, 2013.

Fantastical Worlds is now open until 24 December 2022: Tuesday to Saturday 10AM - 4PM

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

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

Plan your visit by heading to: and following @TDRFadelaide on Facebook.

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When: 13 August - 24 December 2022, Tuesday to Saturday 10AM - 4PM
Where: 241 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, South Australia 5006
Cost: Tickets available for purchase at the door: Adult: $15 / Concession: $12 / Children under 12: Free
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