The Gardiner Museum is closed temporarily in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Check our homepage for a rotating selection of online resources and digital art experiences that you can enjoy at home. Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on social media for your daily ceramics fix.
During our temporary closure, we're posting exhibitions and selections from our collection online. Discover Inuit ceramics, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, pottery from the Ancient Americas, and more!
We're posting family-friendly art activities inspired by our collection and the endless possibilities of clay. Visit our Family Day page for weekly crafts, colouring pages, and more fun art projects that you can enjoy at home.
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!
We’re closed until further notice, but we’re planning for the day when we can again welcome visitors. We encourage you to make a gift to the Gardiner. This will be vital for when we reopen, and is the optimistic message we all need.
Ai Weiwei has been using LEGO bricks as a medium since 2007. He appreciates the accessibility and ubiquity of the bright, colourful bricks, stating: “As an artist, I always avoid [making] my art too ‘arty’ or too ‘high’ taste. [I] want my art to be fresh, to be understood by children.”
A short conversation between artist Ai Weiwei and his close friend and collector Larry Walsh.
As part of the Ai Weiwei: Unbroken publication, we invited curator and artist Henry Heng Lu to respond to Ai Weiwei’s Han Dynasty Vases with Auto Paint, 2015.
SMASH, the Gardiner Museum’s annual summer art party, returns on Wednesday June 26.
As part of the Ai Weiwei: Unbroken publication, we invited Toronto City Councillor and human rights activist Kristyn Wong-Tam to respond to Ai’s artwork Blue and White Porcelain Plate (Crossing the Sea), 2017.
A recap of AWW Free School: Fake News, the third workshop in a series of four that break down the themes presented in the special exhibition Ai Weiwei: Unbroken.
Remembering Sandra Alfoldy, a historian and curator who helped position Canadian crafts and scholarship on the world stage.
On a Tuesday night, a group of strangers came together and unpacked their fears, joys, triumphs, and memories using words and clay during AWW Free School: Embodied Narratives, the first in a series of four interdisciplinary workshops inspired by the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Unbroken.
Dr. Maris Gillette, author of “China’s Porcelain Capital: The Rise, Fall and Reinvention of Ceramics in Jingdezhen,” gives us tips on distinguishing real antique Chinese porcelain from forgeries.
The lobby display Best in Show spotlights a diverse range of canine-centric ceramics dating from 300 BCE to the 21st century, and reveals how artists have used clay throughout history to convey the varied relationships between dogs and people. We asked curator Natalie Hume to share with us her five favourite dogs from the display, and which one she would ultimately crown “Best in Show.”
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