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Blue + White

Pollard Gallery

January 30, 2021 - May 30, 2022 Curated by Heng Wu, AGGV Curator of Asian Art and Michelle Jacques, Head of Exhibitions & Collections/Chief Curator Remai Modern

The AGGV exhibition, Blue + White, examines blue and white porcelain as a global product that contains diverse cultural traits in its birth, development and thriving. It is truly a fruit of cross-cultural communication and exchange. This exhibition is our initiative in experimenting with new curatorial approaches to our permanent collections by breaking the boundaries that have been artificially placed on these collections, such as Asian vs. Canadian or Historical vs. Contemporary.

Blue + White contains over 200 items, from the AGGV collection, including many exceptional pieces from the renowned AGGV Asian collection. “Each object has multiple layers in its cultural identity.” Heng Wu, AGGV Curator of Asian Art.

Blue and White describes the porcelains featuring cobalt blue pigment decoration on a white body first manufactured in China during the 14th century. After its debut on the world stage, Blue and White ceramics ‘went viral,’ imitated and innovated around the globe. Blue and White has been a global product ever since, appreciated by people everywhere.

Blue and White exhibition features porcelain from China, Japan, the UK, and European countries including Holland, with pieces dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. A contemporary section of the exhibition includes blue and white works of different mediums and artistic forms made in the 20th and 21st centuries selected from the AGGV’s collection.



Images L-R: Unknown artist, Enjoying the Polite Arts, porcelain; glaze, Harold & Vera Mortimer Lamb Bequest. AGGV 1977.291.001 | Unknown artist, Snuff Bottle with a Scene of an Official, Man carrying a Pole with Baskets, porcelain, soft paste; glaze, white; underglaze, blue; stone, blue, 6.7 x 2.7 cm. Gift of Terry J. Waller in memory of Myra L. Waller. AGGV 2009.010.001 a,b | Unknown artist, Blue and White Ginger Jar with Landscape Panels, porcelain; blue & white glaze, Gift of James and Joanna Davidson. AGGV 1996.042.007
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