– January until June 2008 –
Saturday, June 2, 2007 marked the Architectural Opening of the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) spectacular Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. The new prism-shaped wing contains the ROM’s new main entrance and lobby, Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall -- and the Hyacinth Gloria Chen Crystal Court. Two of the seven new Crystal Galleries -- the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs and the Gallery of the Age of Mammals – will open December 15, 2007. Now open for guests to enjoy are: the ROM Museum Store, the Roloff Beny Gallery (the Institute for Contemporary Culture’s new home) on Level 4, the critically acclaimed C5 (Crystal Five) Restaurant Lounge (Level 5), and Food Studio (Level B1).
Level Two Galleries:
James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs
Opening December 15, 2007The Temerty Dinosaur Galleries occupy more than 930 m2 (10,000 square feet) of space, with extra-high 5.5 m (18 foot) ceilings that enable them to house some of the ROM’s largest natural history specimens, including 18 dinosaur skeletons. These galleries display the life of the Mesozoic Era (250 to 65 million years ago). Dinosaurs are the largest fossils of the Mesozoic and are the most conspicuous elements in the galleries. The ROM’s renowned collection of Canadian dinosaurs is featured in two major exhibits, including a famous assemblage of hadrosaurs (duck-billed dinosaurs) from Alberta, along with numerous specimens from other sources.
Approximate number of objects: 350, including 50 dinosaur specimens, with 30 complete or nearly complete skeletons.
Gallery of the Age of Mammals
Opening December 15, 2007
The Gallery of the Age of Mammals occupies 465 m2 (5,000 square feet), with ceilings 5.5 m (18 feet) high in order to accommodate the largest specimens. This gallery displays the life of the Cenozoic Era (65 million years ago to the present), and is designed to follow on from the Age of Dinosaurs gallery. The Cenozoic is commonly called the Age of Mammals because, following the extinction of the dinosaurs, mammals rapidly diversified and became the largest animals on land, and eventually also in the sea (with the whales).
Approximate number of objects: 410 specimens, including 26 complete skeletons of extinct mammals, and 165 non-mammal specimens.
Level Three Galleries:
Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery
Opening February 16, 2008
This triangular gallery of 375 m2 (4,000 square feet) features high ceilings, natural light, and the dramatically angled walls of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.The gallery presents collections that express the myriad traditions of South Asia, which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Nine thematic sections span more than 4,000 years of history and enormous cultural diversity:.
Approximate number of artifacts: 350
Wirth Gallery of the Middle East
Opening February 16, 2008
Occupying 380 m2 (4,050 square feet), the Wirth Gallery of the Middle East offers an exploration of key technological, cultural, and religious developments in this region, starting in the Fertile Crescent and moving beyond to include areas that are today Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Israel and Palestine. The gallery examines some of the major contributions made by the Middle East to both eastern and western civilizations between the years 4000 BC and 1900 AD.
Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, Americas, and Asia Pacific
Opening April 19, 2008
This triangular gallery covers 700 m2 (7,500 square feet) and creatively engages and connects through to the 1933 Hilary and Galen Weston Wing. The gallery presents the artistic and cultural traditions of indigenous peoples in four geographical areas: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Oceania, and Central and South America. This is the first permanent home for these collections in over 30 years, with many artifacts on display for the first time. Each object reveals an aspect of the everyday life, commerce, art or ritual of an indigenous people. Number of objects: Approximately 1,400
Level Four Galleries:
Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume
Opening May 17, 2008
This 600 m2 (6,500 square foot) cathedral-like space with angular walls rises to approximately 13 m (43 feet). The gallery presents highlights from the ROM’s rich collection of 50,000 textile and costume artifacts, through displays of approximately 200 pieces dating from the 1st millennium BC to the 21st century, changed on a regular basis for the purposes of conservation. This is the last permanent collection gallery of the Lee-Chin Crystal to open to the public.
Approximate number of artifacts: 200
Darwin older with Hat
AMNH 326662/ Elliot & Fry
This comprehensive exhibition
explores the extraordinary life of Charles Darwin (1809-1882) whose
curiosity, observations and discoveries nearly 150 years ago forever changed
the perception of the origin of species and launched modern biological
science. In addition to his theory of evolution, Darwin is known for his
work as a botanist, geologist, and naturalist. From specimens of Galápagos
finches to original manuscripts and notebooks, the exhibition, on display in
the spacious new Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall in the Lee-Chin Crystal, is
the broadest collection ever assembled on the life and work of Darwin.
This exhibition is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the Museum of Science, Boston; The Field Museum, Chicago; the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; and the Natural History Museum, London, England
Organized by the Institute for Contemporary
Culture (ICC) at the ROM, Shanghai Kaleidoscope offers an
unprecedented view of one of the world's most dynamic cities, highlighting
an emerging generation of Chinese artists, architects, and fashion
designers. Examining Shanghai as a laboratory for 21st-century urban
creation, the exhibition brings together an adventurous mix of architectural
models and digital simulations; designer fashion apparel, drawings and
runway videos; as well as paintings, photo-works and video installations by
35 of the city's leading contemporary artists, architects and fashion
designers. Generously supported by Manulife Financial, the exhibition will
be presented in the Roloff Beny Gallery in the ROM’s Michael Lee-Chin
Fashion design by Wang Yiyang, one of Shanghai's most innovative young designers. Photo courtesy Wang Yiyang.
The Black Star Sapphire of Queensland
Discover the science surrounding the stunning Black Star of Queensland, one of the largest-known cut and polished star sapphires in the world. This is the first time this unique and extravagant gem is displayed in Canada and the first time anywhere in the world since 1969. The highlight of the exhibition will be the 733 carat "Black Star" surrounded by 35 brilliant cut diamonds. The exhibition will also look at the chemistry and structure of sapphires, how sapphires are formed in nature, where and how they are mined, and their significance in various cultures. Specific to the Black Star of Queensland, a section on asterism (an optical phenomenon in the shape of a star) will also be included. Until June 30, 2008
Level 3, Samuel European Galleries, north
Shapeshifters, Time Travellers and Storytellers
Supporting Sponsor: Castlepoint Realty Partners Limited
The first exhibition organized by the ROM’s Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC), Shapeshifters, Time Travellers and Storytellers brings together works by eight leading contemporary Aboriginal artists. The works in this exhibition explore the ways in which past and present continue to merge and shape one another through video, sound works, sculpture, drawings and paintings. Co-curated by Candice Hopkins and Kerry Swanson in partnership with the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.
Until February 28 2008, Roloff Beny Gallery, Level 2.
Brian Jungen, Cetology, 2002, plastic and metal, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Purchased with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program and the Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund, VAG 2003.8 a-z,
Financially assisted by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Trade Winds: Chinese Export Wares from the 8th to 20th centuries
In the past, people in different parts of the world came into contact with Chinese products through commerce. This exhibit compiles a stimulating and comprehensive selection mainly from the ROM’s permanent collection. An array of paintings, wallpapers, ceramics, silverware, ivory carvings, and textiles will explore Chinese influence around the globe between the 8th and 20th centuries. The display will be featured in the Herman Herzog Levy Gallery, until April 2008.
Charles Pachter’s Canada (II)
The interior walls of the ROM’s Hyacinth Gloria Chen Crystal Court becomes the canvas for Canadian multimedia artist Charles Pachter’s imaginative and whimsical artwork. This digital exhibition features many of Pachter’s most famous paintings of Canadian icons and symbols, including the Queen, the Canadian flag and several moose, projected onto the walls of the Museum. Until January 6, 2008, Hyacinth Gloria Chen Crystal Court.
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