The Gardiner Museum is closed temporarily in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Check our homepage for a rotating selection of online resources and digital art experiences that you can enjoy at home. Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on social media for your daily ceramics fix.
During our temporary closure, we're posting exhibitions and selections from our collection online. Discover Inuit ceramics, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, pottery from the Ancient Americas, and more!
We're posting family-friendly art activities inspired by our collection and the endless possibilities of clay. Visit our Family Day page for weekly crafts, colouring pages, and more fun art projects that you can enjoy at home.
Every object in our permanent collection can be accessed through our eMuseum portal. Learn about individual collecting areas, like Italian Maiolica or Modern and Contemporary Ceramics, or search the full collection by keyword. You'll be amazed by what you discover!
We’re closed until further notice, but we’re planning for the day when we can again welcome visitors. We encourage you to make a gift to the Gardiner. This will be vital for when we reopen, and is the optimistic message we all need.
A short conversation between artist Ai Weiwei and his close friend and collector Larry Walsh. Part of the limited edition Ai Weiwei: Unbroken publication, an interactive folio that aims to document the exhibition while connecting its themes to Canadian voices and experiences.
Larry Warsh: What is unbroken about to you as an artist?
Ai Weiwei: Unbroken means you hold your principles and you have your ideology and your perspective of the world. But you always survive in the stage of broken and unbroken at the same time.
LW: What are the important boundaries you have broken in your work?
AWW: I have always tried to step into unfamiliar territories relating to topic[s] of craftsmanship or materials, and those things constantly bring me into a new field. Like filmmaking, like LEGO works. Like even the old ceramics works were practised in the contemporary way, so every art I move [into] is about getting into a field which I’m not familiar with. And only by doing that I would generate my interest.
LW: Which boundaries do you honour?
AWW: The boundary I would honor is humanity, because we are conditioned as humans and [have] very basic human rights. That’s the only boundary we need to honor… So, we as human beings, we have to be conscious about our own value[s], and from those values we have self-identity. So, to protect those rights, such as human rights and freedom of speech, and we protect those principles.
Larry Walsh is a close friend of Ai Weiwei and a long-time collector of his work. He has been instrumental to the development of Ai Weiwei: Unbroken.
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