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August 23, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Alex Colville

More than 100 works by Canadian icon Alex Colville (1920-2013) will be presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario starting in summer 2014, marking the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date. Curated by Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s curator of Canadian art, the exhibition will honour Colville’s legacy and explore the continuing impact of his work from the perspectives of several prominent popular culture figures from film, literature and music.

Known for painting decidedly personal subject matter, Colville’s painstakingly precise images depict an elusive tension, capturing moments perpetually on the edge of change and the unknown, often imbued with a deep sense of danger. Featuring works assembled from museums and private collections nationwide, many of which have never been shown publicly, the exhibition spans Colville’s entire career, including iconic paintings such as Horse and Train, 1953; To Prince Edward Island, 1965; Woman in Bathtub, 1973; and Target Pistol and Man, 1980.

Born in Toronto in 1920, Colville was a painter, printmaker and veteran who drew his inspiration from the world around him, transforming the seemingly mundane figures and events of everyday life into archetypes of the modern condition. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1982 and won a Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Award in 2003.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Website: www.ago.net/alex-colville

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

Start: August 23, 2014
End: January 4, 2015

December 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015

‘Tis the Season for Science

Explore the best of the holidays this winter at the Ontario Science Centre with IMAX® films, exhibitions including the new Brain: The Inside Story and exciting holiday programming. Transform plants into paper with an interactive papermaking demonstration or turn paper into art in a hands-on origami workshop. See into the skies above with a live planetarium demonstration, learn about upcoming celestial events and take home a star chart for backyard stargazing. Don’t miss the Extreme Universe planetarium show and discover the destructive powers of black holes and solar storms. Shake things up with fun, fitness, music and lights with JiggiJump: The World’s Greatest Machine or make your hair literally stand on end with a live demonstration of the Van de Graaf generator! Let your imagination run wild and explore Dream Machines, an annual exhibition of artist Rowland Emett’s whimsical mechanical inventions, or find out how your brain perceives an illusion in MAGIC: The Science of Perception.

Website: www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca

Ontario Science Centre – 770 Don Mills Road

Start: December 20, 2014
End: January 4, 2015
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October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Michelangelo: Quest for Genius

Revealed through a selection of rare drawings, Michelangelo: Quest for Genius tells the story of Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti (b. 1475) and the frustrations of his creative process. The exhibition centres on a loan of 28 drawings from the Casa Buonarotti, Florence, whose collection is formed from Michelangelo’s own.

These drawings represent the range of Michelangelo’s work, revealing the private world of the artist – his ideas, emotions and struggles to create and highlighting his unrivalled achievements as a painter, sculptor and architect. Dating from before and after the completion of the Sistine Chapel, the works on display include preliminary drawings — both architectural and figural sketches — as well as highly finished presentation drawings.

Organized thematically, the exhibition takes a critical look at the notion of the genius at work, locating the creative search at the axis of ambition, exploration, frustration, defiance and unrealized dreams. Developed by Lloyd DeWitt, curator of European Art at the AGO, and David Wistow, interpretive planner, Michelangelo: Quest for Genius will feature computer animations that bring to life some of Michelangelo’s most ambitious and ultimately unfinished designs.

The exhibition also examines the significant influence that Michelangelo had four centuries later on the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (b. 1840). Ten sculptures from the AGO’s collection will be on display, including representative works from the Burghers of Calais (1884–1917) and his final commission, the work for which he suffered the most criticism, Balzac (1898).

Michelangelo: Quest for Genius is a ticketed exhibition. Bookings open to AGO members as of September 15 and public tickets go on sale September 26, 2014.

Organized by the Associazione Metamorfosi in collaboration with the Casa Buonarroti and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

Start: October 18, 2014
End: January 11, 2015

October 31, 2014 – January 25, 2015

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

Drawing on extensive archives from Kubrick’s home and workplace, the exhibition features rare photographs and letters, original props and costumes, screenplays, production materials, and cameras from his nearly 50-year career.

Priceless items such as the ‘Starchild’ from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the dresses of the ghostly sisters from The Shining, the ‘Born to Kill’ helmet of Private Joker from Full Metal Jacket, and the authentic model of the ‘War Room’ in Dr. Strangelove are just a few of the many pieces on display.

Visitors will also learn about Kubrick’s famously uncompleted projects Napoleon and The Aryan Papers. Materials such as research papers, costume designs, and shooting scripts document how far Kubrick had developed these projects, and testify to his comprehensive and meticulous working style.

The exhibition also spotlights Kubrick’s early documentary shorts and his work as a photojournalist for Look magazine from 1945 to 1950.

To enhance your experience, we will issue timed-entry tickets to the exhibition. Timed-entry tickets guarantee admission, limit the number of visitors in the gallery, and minimize lineups. Timed-entry begins every half hour.

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West.

Start: October 31, 2014
End: January 25, 2015

June 21, 2014 – January 25, 2015

Cairo Under Wraps: Early Islamic Textiles

Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume, Level 4.

Almost 80 precious Early Islamic textiles dating from the 7th to 14th centuries – including rare examples of clothing – are featured in this original exhibition of ROM material. The decoration on these textiles mainly consists of Arabic inscriptions, often invoking Allah and naming the ruler. Many of these items were intended for the royal household. Some of the earliest pieces were collected by C.T. Currelly, the founding director of the Royal Ontario Museum, and are thus especially appropriate to show in our centennial year. Complementary material in other media (ceramics, glass, metalwork, coins, etc.) has been selected from the ROM’s collection of Islamic art. The exhibition shares the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume with Fashion Follows Form.

More textiles from this collection are on display at the Aga Khan Museum, opening September 12, 2014.

Please visit our website: www.rom.on.ca

Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park

Start: June 21, 2014
End: January 25, 2015
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October 18, 2014 – February 8, 2015

Genizot: Repositories of Memory

Samuel European Galleries, Level 3.

Genizot is presented in conjunction with Holocaust Education Week and created by Toronto-based author and artist Bernice Eisenstein.

The word geniza comes from the Hebrew root g-n-z, originally meant “to hide” or “to put away.” A space for repository, what is placed there is also an archive—one of memory and of time that has passed. Traditionally, genizot were temporary spaces for storing worn-out Hebrew language books and papers of religious content and topics as it is forbidden to discard writings containing the name of G-d. Genizot were commonly found in the attics of synagogues, but also located within walls or underground. The contents were periodically gathered and then buried in a cemetery, so that their gradual disintegration was a natural progression.

This site-specific installation takes the idea of the geniza and looks through it as a prism for considering and exploring the many ways in which memory works and where it is placed.

Eisenstein’s paintings, as well as the objects found or created by the artist, resonate with multiple meanings as they challenge us to consider our own repositories of memory. The objects relate to the theme of memory, what is hidden and found, kept and stored.

Please visit our website: www.rom.on.ca

Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park

Start: October 18, 2014
End: February 8, 2015

March 21, 2015

Star Trek (2009) with Live Orchestra

Space is still the final frontier… and director J.J. Abrams re-exhilarated the iconic Star Trek franchise with one of the most exciting and irresistible blockbusters in recent movie-going history. The full-length epic film will be presented on wide-screen with composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling scores performed live to picture. So get ready for warp speed… and prepare to boldly go where no one has gone before!!

For tickets: www.sonycentre.ca

Sony Centre — 1 Front Street East

Date: March 21, 2015

November 19, 2014 – March 29, 2015

Brain: The Inside Story

Discover the essential bundle of neurons that is the human brain at the Ontario Science Centre’s newest exhibition, Brain: The Inside Story. Walk your family through a forest of tangled wires and flashing lights that evokes trillions of firing synapses inside the brain. Watch a video projected on a giant brain model for an introduction to the many areas and functions of this remarkable organ. Explore how your brain processes language, organizes the visual world and stores memories. Visitors of all ages can learn about the surprising ways the brain continually rewires itself through different stages of life. Discover how new knowledge about the brain’s inner workings may help scientists repair and improve brain function. Children and adults can challenge themselves with puzzles and games to probe neural connections and pathways, then relax in the Brain Lounge and observe how different parts of the brain are stimulated by music, sports and foreign languages.

Free with Science Centre admission and open to all ages.

Website: www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/brain

Ontario Science Centre — 770 Don Mills Road

Start: November 19, 2014
End: March 29, 2015
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February 7, 2015 – May 10, 2015


First large-scale Basquiat exhibition in Canada features more than 100 works examining the pioneering artist’s radical visual language.

Famous by age 20 for his groundbreaking drawings and paintings, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) took the cultural hotbed of the New York art world by storm in the early 1980s. Basquiat gained international recognition by creating powerful and expressive works that confronted issues of racism, politics and social hypocrisy. Although his career was cut short by his untimely death at age 27, his works remain hugely influential. Opening Feb. 7, 2015, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Basquiat marks the first-ever major retrospective of the artist’s work in Canada and will feature more than 100 large-scale paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America.

Described by the artist himself as a “springboard to deeper truths about the individual,” Basquiat’s vivid and poignant works were always highly conceptual in their exploration of race, class and fame using the motifs of New York street culture. Though Basquiat was not a street artist, his work was intrinsically linked to the urban environment, beginning in conceptual graffiti, referencing street art in his paintings and using salvaged materials such as abandoned doors and packing crates as canvases.

In 1976, Basquiat and his friend Al Diaz began spraypainting the walls of lower Manhattan under the pseudonym SAMO©, alluding to the saying “same old shit.” Their work cleverly used and manipulated text to provoke those who walked by. Eventually Basquiat’s renown grew, as he started a noise rock band, appeared in Edo Bertoglio’s indie film Downtown 81 and struck up a friendship with Andy Warhol. In 1982 — when he was 21 — Basquiat’s first solo show sold out. Experiencing sudden popularity, he found himself sharing ideas with David Bowie, briefly dating Madonna, appearing in music videos and gracing the cover of The New York Times Magazine. Now, more than 25 years after his death, his influence remains. His work is collected by celebrities and institutions alike, and he has been referenced in the lyrics of many contemporary rap artists including Jay-Z, Macklemore and Kanye West.

“Jean-Michel Basquiat was nothing less than a game-changer for the art world,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, the AGO’s director and CEO. “His extraordinary talent helped establish compelling new forms of expressionist painting while confronting the most important and incendiary social issues of 20th-century North America. This exhibition offers a tremendous opportunity for AGO visitors to contemplate art as a tool of social provocation and to see how Basquiat’s approach and subject matter still reverberate in our world today.”

For more details: www.ago.net

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

Start: February 7, 2015
End: May 10, 2015

June 14, 2014 – June 1, 2015

Manasie Akpaliapik

Manasie Akpaliapik was born in 1955 in a hunting camp near Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), Nunavut, on north Baffin Island. He spent his youth in Arctic Bay, relocated to Montreal, then settled in Toronto where he created all of these carvings. Now based in Ottawa and Montreal, Manasie is known for his animated and ambitious sculptures that sympathetically utilize the unique material and structure of bone, ivory and stone. Deeply connected to the culture and traditions of the Arctic, his works reflect a concern for the vulnerability of his homeland. They offer unflinching depictions of social ills that have impacted northern communities and reflect the belief that humans must live in balance with and respect all living things.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This exhibition is included with general admission.

Website: www.ago.net

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

Start: June 14, 2014
End: June 1, 2015
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