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Spring Lecture: Decorative Arts from The David Roche Foundation
Saturday 4 October, 2pm

Presented by Martyn Cook, Curator, The David Roche Foundation
The Art Gallery of South Australia is privileged to present the inaugural lecture highlighting the collection of The David Roche Foundation in the lead up to the 2015 development of a new museum in Adelaide. During his lifetime, Adelaide born collector David Roche, built up one of the greatest private decorative arts collections in Australia, spanning two centuries of European design from the early rococo of France to Faberge in Russia. He was also a world expert dog judge and breeder introducing him to Royal circles and the private collections of the famous and wealthy. This experience determined his resolve to enable his collection to be permanently on display and in 1999 The David Roche Foundation was established as recipient and custodian of the exceptional collection of antiques, paintings and objets d’art accumulated by him over his lifetime and to be preserved for future generations.
Cost: Free
Where: Radford Auditorium
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Spring Lecture: Benjamin West and “The Venetian Secret”
Saturday 11 October, 2pm

Presented by Angus Trumble, Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. In 1796 a shadowy figure, Thomas Provis, and his artist daughter, Ann Jemima Provis, persuaded the American-born artist Benjamin West that they possessed a copy of an old manuscript purporting to contain descriptions of materials and techniques used by the Venetian painters of the High Renaissance. West used these materials and techniques in secret to execute a large history painting entitled Cicero Discovering the Tomb of Archimedes (1796–97). In fact, the manuscript was fake but West believed it, and through him the Provises managed to dupe a number of other key artist members of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. When the fraud was finally exposed, the embarrassment was far worse for West than it was for the other victims because it was largely through his influential position as president of the Academy that the perpetrators managed to gain access to so many of his variously hapless, dim-witted, or simply greedy colleagues. What do the two surviving versions of Cicero Discovering the Tomb of Archimedes tell us about the “Venetian Secret”, and why did West fall for it?
Cost: Free
Where: Radford Auditorium
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Spring Lecture: Fashion Icons
Saturday 18 October, 2pm

Presented by Robert Reason, Coordinating Curator, Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and Curator of European and Australian Decorative Arts. In this warm up lecture, Robert Reason speaks about the excitement and vitality of Parisian style within the context of contemporary fashion design since 1947 when the couturier Christian Dior re-launched haute couture with his New Look. From that time fashion design blossomed with the lavish splendour of the 1950s, the futurist dynamism of the 1960s, the inspired emancipation of the 1970s, the unbridled excess of the 1980s, and the pure minimalism of the 1990s, all inspiring today’s composite portrait of the 21st century. This exhibition presents over 100 emblematic haute couture garments created by the world's leading fashion designers and curated by the museum’s 20th and 21st Centuries Fashion and Textile Collection Chief Curator, Pamela Golbin.
Cost: Free
Where: Radford Auditorium
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FEAST  Fashion Icons
Wednesday 19 November, 6pm
Join Robert Reason, Curator of Decorative Arts for a Feast Festival exclusive after hours tour of Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Parisian style at its best. An inspiring composite portrait of contemporary haute couture since 1947, from Christian Dior’s New Look to the minimalism of the 1990s. Ticket price includes entry, private tour and a glass of wine.
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Members' End of Year Party and private viewing of Fashion Icons
Thursday 4 December
Celebrate Fashion Icons at our End of Year Party, highlighted with a tour of the exhibition led by Exhibition Co-ordinating Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts, Robert Reason. Enjoy fine wine, canapes and live jazz. Preceding the party, AGSA Director Nick Mitzevich wil deliver a presentation on the 2015 exhibition program. Places limited.
When: Thursday 4 December, 6-8.30pm
Director's presentation 5.30pm
Where: Atrium and the exhibition. Director's presentation will be held in the Radford Auditorium.
Bookings: Invitations will be posted, enquiries call 08 8207 7050
Cost: $70 Members and their guests
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Please note: The Art Gallery of South Australia is unable to process refunds but can offer a credit for future events if notice of your cancellation is received at least five working days prior to the event. The Gallery reserves the right to cancel events. If an event is cancelled, all registered participants will be notified and full refunds issued.