The Gardiner Museum is open seven days a week. Explore our permanent collection, discover special exhibitions, get hands-on with clay in our studios, dine, shop, and more. We look forward to welcoming you!
Enter a world at once familiar and uncanny. The exhibition hall has been transformed into an immersive reimagining of Montreal-based artist Karine Giboulo's home. Brought to life by over 500 miniature polymer clay figures, this is no ordinary house. The figures tell stories that reflect our most urgent social issues, from the pandemic and climate crisis to food insecurity and housing instability. Get tickets!
A new season of clay classes is open for registration! Sign up for stoneware, hand building, wheel throwing, and special exhibition courses. Winter is the perfect time to stay warm in the studio and learn a new skill. Register now!
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!
Limited time offer! Purchase or renew a Gardiner Friendship before January 1, 2023 and receive a free Get Acquainted pass (valued at $30) to gift to the art lover of your choice. Become a Gardiner Friend today!
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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