The Gardiner Museum is open seven days a week! Explore our permanent collection, discover special exhibitions, and get hands-on with clay in our studios. We look forward to welcoming you.
Discover recent work by African American artist Sharif Bey in our lobby. Bey foregrounds African and Afro-diasporic aesthetic traditions and considers the role of historical artifacts removed from their cultures of origin.
Don't wait to sign up for the Gardiner's popular summer camps. New this year, all our week-long sessions are full-day multimedia camps, so kids can draw, paint, sculpt, and more.
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!
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A garniture is an ensemble of matching vases and other vessels made for display, or to “garnish” a specific location. The practice of creating sets of porcelain objects emerged in Europe in the 1600s, as collectors composed symmetrical arrangements out of pairs or single vases imported from China and Japan. Unified by colour and design, garnitures adorned chimneypieces and the tops of furniture. Porcelain makers in Asia soon responded to consumer demand by producing intentionally matching sets for the European market. The garniture was a staple of European porcelain factories from their inception in the 1700s.
Garniture Remix captures the spirit of the historical garniture as a free, yet carefully orchestrated assemblage of objects. We delved into all areas of the Gardiner’s permanent collection to create our own, modern sets of vases and other forms united through colour, shape, ornament, or texture. Enjoy these unexpected encounters over the three floors of the Joan Courtois Gallery, spanning the Museum’s soaring staircase.
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