The Gardiner Museum is a destination that inspires and connects people, art, and ideas through clay, one of the world’s oldest art forms. Year‐round the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures, and clay classes to complement its permanent collection.
This landmark show explores more than seven decades of Nordic aesthetic influence on Canadian design. The first exhibition of its kind, True Nordic features over 100 works by more than 60 designers. The works reflect a simple yet vital Scandinavian aesthetic tied to natural forms, materials, and imagery, and a desire to create attractive, functional objects.
Beginner- Advanced Ages 10-16 Earthenware Clay Wheel throwing 70 commercial brushing glazes 8 sessions Let your creativity shine through wheel thrown clay! Learn that wheel throwing can be more than a plate a bowl or a cup! Come and make functional, sculptural and fun decorative pieces using the pottery wheel! Learn the skills to throw […]
The Gail Brooker Ceramic Research Library is a comprehensive reference centre for research in the field of ceramics. The collection was founded in 1988 when George R. Gardiner donated 387 books, periodicals, journals, and engravings relating to the history, production, style, and sources of European ceramics. Today the collection includes over 2,500 volumes, in addition […]
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October 13 – January 8, 2012
Starting October 13, visitors to Toronto’s Gardiner Museum will be transported to another time and place through the evocative exhibition, The Tsars’ Cabinet.
The Tsars’ Cabinet presents more than 200 examples of decorative arts, including objects with Fabergé mounts, gilded dinner services, imperial porcelain eggs, and historic court photographs that document the extravagance and sumptuousness of life in palaces and yachts during the Romanov era.
The exhibition follows the history of the tsars and their family, including Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia. The Tsars’ Cabinet also features intimate Romanov family photographs from the Toronto-based Di Rocco Wieler Private Collection and personal artifacts once owned by Grand Duchess Olga, the younger sister of Tsar Nicholas II, who spent her final years living in Toronto.
Most of the objects in the exhibition were specifically designed for and used by the tsars and members of the Russian imperial family. The pieces include magnificent examples of works from the Imperial Porcelain Factory, the Imperial Glassworks, and the private firms of Fabergé and Ovichinnikov. Many of the objects are extremely rare and offer one of the best opportunities to see outstanding imperial Russian art outside of Russia.
The Tsars’ Cabinet was developed from the exceptional private collection of Kathleen Durdin, and organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in collaboration with International Arts + Artists, Washington D.C.
The Gardiner Museum is the first stop of an international tour.
Programs and Events
FRIDAY AFTER FIVE
Holiday Wine + Cheese
Friday December 2, 2011 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Enjoy wine tasting, live music, hors d’oeuvres by Chef Jamie Kennedy, holiday decorating tips by Michelle Mawby (interior designer and resident design expert on The Marilyn Dennis Show) and museum admission to Twelve Trees of Christmas and The Tsars’ Cabinet – for only $40.
Russian Christmas Traditions
Tuesday December 6, 2011 12 – 1:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. Karen Kettering, Sotheby’s New York
Media Release: Be transported to Tsarist Russia and
discover Toronto’s connection to the Romanov Dynasty [ Download ]
Above: Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra with their four daughters, Peterhof, c. 1901. Photo by Rafail Sergeevich Levitsky. Reproduced courtesy of the Di Rocco Wieler Private Collection.
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