The Gardiner is thrilled to announce the launch of CLAY, an original in-house restaurant offering seasonal menus of fresh, local fare in collaboration with The Food Dudes.
Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most influential artists and human rights activists, and one of China’s most formidable critics. Ai Weiwei: Unbroken features a selection of the artist's most iconic ceramics, and marks the international debut of new work. Opens February 28!
Drawing from the Gardiner’s own collection and artist Ai Weiwei’s practice in traditional Chinese craft, Dr. Maris Boyd Gillette explores how Jingdezhen porcelain has inspired ceramists to create, copy, and counterfeit its glories.
The Gardiner Museum is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. It houses approximately 4,000 objects, including European porcelain, ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, and contemporary ceramics. Search the collection online!
Everyone can love clay! Become a Friend at one of the world’s great specialty museums and enjoy the benefits, including unlimited admission, invitations to exhibition previews and special events, discounts on lectures and clay classes, and more.
The Gardiner Museum promotes the potential of clay on a grand scale and encourages access and community engagement through the display of public art.
In 2013, the Gardiner unveiled a monumental work by Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko in front of the Museum. Kaneko is best known for creating large-scale ceramic sculptures and installations. This was his first major public installation in Toronto.
In 2018, a new work by Canadian artist Shary Boyle was revealed on the Gardiner Plaza. Cracked Wheat was selected by a five-person jury as part of the Gardiner Museum Ceramic Sculpture Competition launched in 2016. The sculpture was commission by La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso with support from the City of Toronto.
1. Jun Kaneko, Untitled (head), 2002
2. Jun Kaneko, Untitled (head), 2002.
3. Shary Boyle, Cracked Wheat, 2018.
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