This exhibition introduces the essence of traditional Japanese Kimono culture. The intent of this exhibition is to showcase the codes and the culture behind Kimono, its artistic form and complexity, along with the etiquette of Kimono attire for different seasons and occasions. Kimono is not simply an article of clothing; it embodies centuries of cultural development and history of Japan.
The fascinating life of Ichimaru (1906-1997), one of the most famous geishas of the 20th century, is told through this collection of her magnificent kimonos and personal effects. In the 1930s, Ichimaru left geishahood to pursue an illustrious career as a recording artist, but even as a diva, she continued to perform in full geisha regalia. Combining her experience as a geisha with an extraordinary talent as a vocalist and musician, she would become a unique figure int he social history of modern Japan.
Curated by Toby Lawrence | Until September 7, 2014 | The LAB Gallery
Dana Claxton reflects on historical archives and highlights the human propensity to render itself, from Indigenous rock art, to photography, to governmental correspondence. She addresses the complexities of colonialism–past and present–through strategic subversion, and investigates the buried histories of the Wild West, with specific attention to Sitting Bull who shares her Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux ancestry.
For the past 1500 years, landscapes have formed the nucleus of Chinese painting. All of the skill that European artists devoted to portraiture, the Chinese have given to their passionate love of painting Nature. They have sought to portray an inner poetic reality rather than an outward likeness. They seek to realize, rather than copy, the natural world.
Renditions of Myth, Legend and Folk Tales from China and Japan
Curated by Barry Till | Pollard Gallery
China and Japan are two countries rich in myths, legends and folk tales. Many themes of historical and mythical characters are shared by both nations.
This exhibition will attempt to show how artists and craftsmen portrayed or rendered these subjects in their own way in various media from two dimensional paintings, prints and te3xtiles to three dimensional sculptures in the round made of pottery, bronze, wood, jade, amber, ivory, etc.
During Rembrandt’s lifetime, it was his etchings, not his paintings, which were at the root of his international reputation. Today, his canvases are more celebrated, but there is no doubt that the expressive potential that he found in the printed line is extraordinary, and has been inspirational to generations of artists.
Carole Sabiston’s retrospective exhibition shares its title with Everything Below All of the Above, a work she created in 2003. Speaking to the various perspectives from which the artist sees the world, the exhibition underlines the simultaneous connections and contrasts present in all of her production.
Who was Harold Mortimer-Lamb? The first to write about A.Y. Jackson; the leading pre-WWI Canadian art photographer; and father of Molly Lamb Bobak. He was a patron of Frederick H. Varley; associate of photographer John Vanderpant; neighbour of Lawren Harris; and friend of Jack and Doris Shadbolt.
Curated by Adjunct Curator of Decorative Arts Patricia Kidd | Founders Gallery
Using artifacts drawn from more than 30 Victoria homes and collections, this exhibit will be equal parts object and story. Everything from rare maps, to an extraordinary painting or two, a Rococo mirror, a mask by Richard Hunt and a giant mosquito from Zimbabwe - all of these share one principal characteristic: they speak volumes about their past, and that of their present owners.