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Co-presented with The Japan Foundation
To celebrate the opening of Obsession: William Van Horne’s Japanese Ceramics, co-curators Ron Graham and Akiko Takesue, alongside catalogue contributor Laura Vigo (Curator of Asian Arts at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), will discuss the exhibition themes in this mini-symposium. Continental breakfast and exhibition viewing are included.
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About the Exhibition
The second half of the 19th century was a golden age of collecting in Europe and North America. The epicenter in Canada was Montreal, then the country’s economic powerhouse. In a period of colonial expansion, its business leaders collected and displayed European and Asian art to convey their emerging power and status. Sir William Van Horne (1843-1915), the American-born builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway, was one such collector.
Obsession: Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese Ceramics reunites for the first time what survives of Van Horne’s collection, alongside his exacting watercolors, elaborately annotated notebooks, letters, and related archival material. Together, these artifacts offer a remarkable case study in the history of collecting. Learn more
Header image: William Van Horne, Catalogue “C.B.,” ca 1876, E.P. Taylor Library and Archives, Gift of the Estate of Matthew S. Hannon, in memory of Mrs Willam Van Horne, 2001, LA.VHF.S3.12. Image © Art Gallery of Ontario.
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