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Japanese lacquered chest, 1630-1640, maki-e technique, height 63.5 cm, length 144.5 cm and width 73 cm. Photos courtesy the Rijksmuseum

Object Spotlight: The Mysterious Journey of a Japanese Treasure

Originally made for export to the Netherlands in the 1630s, this extraodinary lacquerware chest mysteriously disappeared in the 19th century.

1 week ago
The Sin Fronteras Monarch Butterfly Project

masa is clay

Artist and writer janet romero-leiva reflects on The Sin Fronteras Monarch Butterfly Project, a Community Arts Space exhibition that brings attention to the ongoing migrant crisis and the decline of the monarch butterfly.

1 month ago
Jun Kaneko sculpture at the Gardiner Museum

Ceramics in the City: Your Summer Guide to the Gardiner

To get the most out of your next visit to the Gardiner, we’ve compiled a list of objects and experiences you don’t want to miss while you’re here.

1 month ago
Ceramic painted plate by Pablo Picasso

Picasso, kintsugi, and sea monsters: Current must-sees from the vault

We’ve taken some of the most interesting objects from our collections storage and put them on display for you to discover! For a limited time in our new Rosalie Wise Sharp Gallery, see a selection of objects from our permanent collection, spanning different time periods and geographies.

2 months ago
Walking Tour July 4, 2019

Cruising the Museum: Animating Queer Sexual Geographies & Histories

Christopher Smith dives into the complex history of ‘cruising’ and offers a glimpse into Intimate Encounters ~ Animate Histories, a Community Arts Space exhibition opening on August 1.

2 months ago
Heidi McKenzie, Family Matters

Family Matters: An Interview with Artist Heidi McKenzie

Heidi McKenzie is a Toronto-based ceramic artist. In 2009, she apprenticed in her father’s ancestral home of India under the mentorship of Mansimran Singh, a student of the acclaimed British studio potter, Bernard Leach. McKenzie’s new exhibition in the Gardiner Shop, Family Matters, speaks to her family’s histories through photographic imagery coupled with abstract representation.

2 months ago

Hair We Are will ignite conversations

Dr. Cheryl Thompson writes about Hair We Are, a Community Arts Space exhibition that explores self-care and beauty through the eyes of racialized young women and girls.

2 months ago

Queering Clay: Five LGBTQ+ Ceramists You Need To Know

Historically associated in the West with the decorative and the domestic, ceramics has long been regarded as a feminized practice with a particularly strong queer dimension because of its status as a subaltern to painting and sculpture.

3 months ago

Corrie Jackson knows great art

As the Senior Curator of RBC’s art collection, Corrie Jackson knows her way around great art—which is why we’re thrilled to have her on board as the Art Director for SMASH: Nourish, our summer art party in support of the Gardiner.

3 months ago
clay butterfly

Introducing this year’s Community Arts Space partners

Meet this year’s Community Arts Space partners, and get a sneak peek at what they’ll be bringing to the Gardiner this summer.

3 months ago