Vasse Felix, Cnr Tom Cullity Dr & Caves Rd, Cowaramup

Gallery hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed Public Holidays, Free Admission

T 6217 2640



Objectillogica – a modern wunderkammer

21 May – 1 Oct


Objectillogica – a modern wunderkammer celebrates what is wonderful about private collections, their unusual qualities and lack of hard and fast rules about collecting. The more bizarre, exotic and fantastic works are uncovered from the hidden corners of the collection. This exhibition welcomes the illogic of collecting and explores that familiar slippage as to how collecting can turn into an obsession and develop a life of its own.  It also gives us a chance to reflect on how and why we collect.


Objectillogica echoes past cabinets of curiosities, exploring well travelled themes of life, death and the discovery of the natural world. Yet it is a distinctively modern Australian cabinet of curiosities, far from the European roots of this tradition.


Featuring 99 works from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection including works by: Hans Arkeveld, Peter Ellis , Donald Friend, George Garawun, Andrew Hayim, Anne Hawkes, Emily Kngwarreye, Theo Koning, Victor Majzner, Clare McFarlane, Danie Mellor, Perdita Phillips, Louie Pwerle and many others


Unknown Ceremonial Head, 1963, natural earth pigments on carved soft wood, 22 x 9.5x x 9.5 cm

Unknown (Kimberley Region), Stone Plaque - Kalumburu, n.d., incised stone, 17 x 28 x 1 cm

Unknown (Egyptian), Hippopotamus Goddess Taweret, 300 - 100 BC, blue frit, 10.2 x 3 x 4 cm

Unknown (Egyptian), Seated Cat, 300 - 100 BC, bronze, 12 x 11.8 x 5.6 cm

Unknown (Papua New Guinea), Chambri Pot, n.d., low fired clay, 14 x 14 x 14 cm

Unknown, Feathered Whisk, n.d. wood, feathers, ochre, 75 x 50 x 20 cm



Danie Mellor Hunter Gatherer, 2008

mixed media with shopping trolley

50 x 87 x 19 cm

Image copyright and courtesy the artist




Perdita Phillips, Chimera,(detail) 2009, inkjet print on archival matt paper, 14.2 x 25 cm

Image copyright and courtesy the artist







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