New exhibition draws on the ROM’s collection to showcase nearly a century of Canadian innovation
TORONTO, August 31, 2022 – This December, ROMs (Royal Ontario Museum) will showcase nearly a century of pioneering craftsmanship and design from the Museum’s extensive collection with the opening of modern canadian. From December 3, 2022 to September 3, 2023, this new exhibition will reveal the legacy of Canadian creativity and ingenuity in furniture, fashion, ceramics and electronics through more than 100 objects from the mid-20th century to These days.
Immerse yourself in the inspiration behind Canada’s innovative contributions to modern design and craftsmanship, modern canadian features the work of over 70 designers and 40 makers, celebrating makers from all decades. Organized by Dr. Rachel Gotlieb with the assistance of Dr. Arlene Gehmacher, modern canadian presents new perspectives on modern material culture in Canada.
“Canada has a rich and vital culture of craftsmanship and design that deserves to be recognized and appreciated. By juxtaposing innovation and tradition, mass-produced and one-of-a-kind, the exhibition strives to ask questions and spark debate about what defines Canadian design, as well as highlighting both the challenges and the joy to do,” says Dr. Rachel Gotlieb. , Ruth Rippon Curator of Ceramics at the Crocker Art Museum and Senior Curator of modern canadian.
From Clairtone’s Project G stereo to Fluevog shoes, modern canadian showcases examples of culturally significant, limited-edition and mass-produced objects designed and manufactured in Canada. The exhibition will showcase some of the most well-known furniture, jewelry, fashion, glassware, ceramics, textiles, electronics and graphics, inviting visitors to take a fresh look at these everyday objects. .
“From the chairs we sit on to the phones we text on, Canadian design is everywhere,” says ROM Director and CEO Josh Basseches. “This exhibition is the story of that enduring influence – and a celebration of the imagination and ingenuity that underpins it.”
The far-reaching exhibition will explore outstanding and popular examples of Canadian craftsmanship and design, and the vision and entrepreneurial spirit that has driven it over the years. Inspired by everything from pop culture and the Swinging Sixties to Canada’s natural landscape and the space race, Canadian innovation has been embraced by global markets, bringing the country’s designs to the world stage.
“Design and craft are often in motion, reaching out to the moment to reflect or shape perspectives and needs,” says Arlene Gehmacher, LR Wilson Curator of Canadian Art and Culture at the ROM and Consultant Curator for modern canadian. “modern canadian makes it possible to appreciate the current collections of the ROM and to imagine possible new directions.
Highlights on display include iconic early pieces such as Jacques Guillon’s Cord chair from 1950, while more recent pieces will feature some of the most important professionals working in the field today, including the original Strala floor lamp from Scot Laughton from 1986, alongside Douglas Coupland’s Bento Box desk. from 2013.
modern canadian brings an important ROM collection to the fore and provides an engaging perspective through which to examine and appreciate Canada’s distinct place in modern design and craftsmanship. Tickets for modern canadian are included in general admission to the museum. The highlights of the exhibition will be presented in a richly illustrated catalogue.
Image credit: Steamer Chair, 1978. Steam bent maple plywood. Thomas Lamb (1938-1997), DuBarry.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Cercle Royal des Expositions.
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