The Violin Generator by Jon Rose

A twisted Dada-esque exhibition and performance of violin artefacts and improbable instruments, curated by Jon Rose and Kali Michailidis.

This Dada-esque cabinet of curiosities includes over 700 violin artefacts, iconography, and improbable instruments; performances that are musically perverse, historically twisted, and culturally critical. Sourced from Australia’s most unusual collection, The Rosenberg Museum is the brainchild of violinist, composer, and artist Jon Rose.

Experience these improbable instruments in action with performances on the 5th, 6th, 12th & 13th April with musicians Ernie Althof, Robbie Avenaim, Biddy Connor, Jozef Cseres, Judith Hamann, Rainer Linz, Michael McNab, Maria Moles, Chloe Smith, Rachael Kim, Erkki Veltheim, Lizzy Welsh and Brigid Burke. See The Rosenberg Museum activated in a new way and explore the boundaries of the violin musically, aesthetically and functionally.

The Violin Generator is a free exhibition and performances are $10.

Presented by The SUBSTATION, in conjunction with Tura New Music. Supported by Australia Council.

Jon Rose apologises that he will not be in Melbourne for The Violin Generator due to illness.


The Violin Generator is a free exhibition accompanied by evening performances.

Exhibition runs from Thur 4 – Sat 13 April
Gallery open Tues – Sat, 11am – 5pm
Performance Dates: 5th, 6th, 12th & 13th April, 7pm–10pm
$10 Performance Tickets