CHIHULY: spectacular glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly at the ROM

CHIHULY: spectacular glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly at the ROM

“I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in a way that they’ve never experienced.” – Dale Chihuly Opening this weekend at the Royal Ontario Museum, the first major exhibition in Toronto of spectacular glass sculpture by American master Dale Chihuly. CHIHULY at the ROM features new and early works in eleven installations designed […]

26.06.2016 · Filled under: Art, Toronto · Tags: , , , · 5 Comments »
Visions of Mughal India and Howard Hodgkin paintings at Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Visions of Mughal India and Howard Hodgkin paintings at Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Two brilliant exhibitions on now at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, reveal British painter Howard Hodgkin’s lifelong fascination with India. Inspired by India: Paintings by Howard Hodgkin features the artist’s own work inspired by the energy, light and colours of India. Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin displays extraordinary historical pieces from Hodgkin’s private collection. […]

03.04.2015 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Toronto · Tags: , , · 7 Comments »
35 centuries of glass art at Corning Museum of Glass, NY

35 centuries of glass art at Corning Museum of Glass, NY

My fall foliage break was extra-colorful this year as our destination was the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. The four-hour drive from Toronto offered rural vignettes of pumpkin stands, cornfields, crows and Victorian homes decked for Halloween. As night and rain fell, we checked into our hotel and curled up with a […]

16.11.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destination Guides, United States · Tags: , , · 9 Comments »
Atlantic City’s cool new Arts Garage

Atlantic City’s cool new Arts Garage

I often wish I were in Atlantic City. No more so than today, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Arts Garage. When I toured the site a few weeks ago, workers were just putting finishing touches to the complex that marks phase one in the creation of a new Arts District in the heart […]

25.11.2013 · Filled under: Architecture, Art, Destination Guides · Tags: , , , · 11 Comments »
David Bowie is at the Art Gallery of Ontario

David Bowie is at the Art Gallery of Ontario

A visit to an exhibition sparks a remarkable memory.  Once upon a time in Toronto… **** I first saw the blockbuster exhibition David Bowie is at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London this spring and couldn’t wait to see it here at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The V&A show had much the […]

05.10.2013 · Filled under: Toronto · Tags: , , · 12 Comments »
Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World at the ROM

Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World at the ROM

There are some great shows in Toronto this summer. A must-see is Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World at the Royal Ontario Museum until January 5, 2014. This blockbuster exhibition features over 170 treasures from the acclaimed antiquities collection of the British Museum in London, England. Mesopotamia (meaning ‘between rivers’) lay in the Middle East between the Tigris and […]

31.07.2013 · Filled under: Art, Toronto · Tags: , · 9 Comments »
In Brussels, the visual enigmas of René Magritte

In Brussels, the visual enigmas of René Magritte

Green apples, bowler hats, clouds–the imagery of Belgian Surrealist painter René Magritte (1898-1967) is familiar to all of us. His personal iconography has pervaded popular culture via countless movies (Toys, I Heart Huckabees, The Thomas Crown Affair), posters (The Exorcist), video games, television shows (the Simpsons), music videos and rock album covers (Paul McCartney owns many of his […]

06.05.2013 · Filled under: Art, Belgium, Europe · Tags: , · 7 Comments »
Rijksmuseum reopens! Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum reopens! Amsterdam

Is the Rijksmuseum now the best museum in the world? I wondered as I entered the Netherlands’ national museum for the invitation-only press preview earlier this month. Years ago, when I first visited the Rijksmuseum as an art history student, I remember floorboards creaking as I approached Rembrandt’s iconic Night Watch. The  Dutch Masters were […]

12.04.2013 · Filled under: Architecture, Art, Europe, Netherlands · Tags: , · 9 Comments »
Postcard from Europe: Rijksmuseum countdown, Amsterdam

Postcard from Europe: Rijksmuseum countdown, Amsterdam

Walking through Amsterdam’s Museumplein tonight after a gala candlelit dinner at the Concertgebouw, I noticed the Rijksmuseum is keeping its own ‘night watch’ countdown until the museum’s official reopening to the public on April 13.  The building looks spectacular from the exterior and I can’t wait to see the interior tomorrow at the press preview. […]

03.04.2013 · Filled under: Architecture, Art, Europe, Netherlands · Tags: , · 5 Comments »
High style at the Bata Shoe Museum

High style at the Bata Shoe Museum

Time for ArtSmart Roundtable, a group of travel bloggers sharing a passion for art and cultural destinations.  This month’s topic is the Best Museum You’ve Never Heard Of. For me that would be the delightful Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. I came of age in Bata shoes. Indigo suede ankle boots with rust stars on the ankles […]

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