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Dr. Rosenberg's Wunderkammer

  • Delmar Gallery 144 Victoria Street Ashfield, NSW, 2131 Australia (map)

Dr Rosenberg’s Wunderkammer - The museum that messes with your mind.

10 March to 29 April
The Delmar Gallery

Gallery hours:  Wednesday – Sunday, 12-5pm.  Free admission.
Ph: 9581 6070
Curator, Delmar Gallery:  Catherine Benz

Opening 10 March at 15:00 with words by Anthony Bond OAM (former director of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of NSW)

Demonstration of some of the museum’s musical instruments.

If you are interested in the why, how, and wherefore of music and sound, this exhibition is for you. Brand new instruments (like the Diaphonium and the One-String Horn Fiddle) are slated to join this unique collection of over 1,000 artefacts featuring everything on, with, or about violins. The brain child of violinist, composer, improviser, and inventor Jon Rose, these are not just your regular violins. This museum features violins of fantasy and the fantastic. There are violins with extra necks, violins with way too many strings, robot violins, wheeling violins, violins joined together like Siamese twins, and violins to be played on and by a bicycle. The homemade instruments and historic gems include a violin made out of an ammunition box in the trenches of World War 1. A full size musical coffin. Violins made from metal drain pipes, plexiglass, vegetable boxes, 78 record players, and other unlikely materials and objects. A collection of already obsolete digital interactive violin bows. A vast assortment of kitsch with the violin rendered in a kaleidoscope of political and social commentary and the everyday. Countless postcards and adverts with the ubiquitous violin, some sexually explicit. Nearly a hundred framed pictures of the violin, often portrayed in some extremely odd and thought provoking situations.

The Museum thanks Harry Vatiliotis, Paul Bryant, and Josef Cseres for their generous contributions and welcomes guest items from Ross Manning, Mimi Kind, Antoine Lespets, Madeline Gisz, Ruben Palmer, Daniel Biederman, and Allen Irwin.

Free Performances and Artist talks:

Every Sunday from 14:00 - 15:00 (except Easter)


Freya Schack-Arnott - Nykelharpe and cello
Ruben Palma - guicello
Noam Yaffe - hardanger fiddle
Mimi Kind - homemade rhythm machine and a new kinetic sculpture


Erkki Veltheim - violin/viola
Jon Rose - abandoned, unequal tempered organ with revolving Mori speaker

Jenny Eriksson - viola da gamba
Tommie Andersson - theorbo (giant lute)
Michaela Davies - muscle stimulation and involuntary movement systems, double bass
Jon Rose - strings

Dave Ellis' Double Bass Liberation Orchestra

Jon Rose - Fences

Earlier Event: March 10
Dr. Rosenberg's Wunderkammer
Later Event: March 11
Sandy Evans Trio & Ensemble Onsombl