ROM - Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is the sole Canadian venue to host Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World
during its international tour.
This impressive exhibition explores over 3,000 years of accomplishments of this ancient civilization to reveal the significance many still have on our lives today,
Mesopotamia features over 170 priceless objects from the esteemed holdings of the British Museum. These artifacts, most of which have never been seen in Canada, are augmented by iconic objects from the ROM's own
renowned collections and other leading institutions, including the University of Chicago Oriental Institute Museum, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archa.
Geographically, Mesopotamia (from the Greek
"[land] between the Rivers") encompasses present-day Iraq, north-eastern Syria, and south-eastern Turkey. Urban civilization originated in the area, accompanied by the establishment of the first cities and complex forms
of social organization and economic activity. Significant developments during this period include the invention of writing, long-distance communication, trade networks, and the first empires. Sophisticated art and
literature began and flourished concurrently with remarkable intellectual, spiritual, and scientific advances.
While Mesopotamia addresses numerous benchmarks of the society's social and technological
developments, including the Agricultural Revolution and the development of village economies, its main focus is on the emergence of cities and states in ancient Sumer (4000 - 2000 BCE); the Assyrian World Empire (1000 -
600 BCE); and the rise and fall of Babylon (600 - 540 BCE).
On Now until Jan. 5, 2014
The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park Circle | Admission: $19 - $27 (Mesopotamia Exhibit and General Admission)
AGO - The Great Upheaval: Modern Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection
Rich with vibrant avant-garde masterpieces from one of the world's most prominent collections, The Great Upheaval: Modern Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection
features nearly 70 works from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's collection in New York, including paintings and sculptures. Focusing on the period from 1910 to 1918, this exhibit explores a time of tremendous creativity and artistic innovation, as artists grappled with themes of social fragmentation, technological development and the spectacle of the changing city.
Across Europe, as borders were re-drawn and mounting political tensions signaled the First World War, artists pushed ever closer towards abstraction. From Munich to Paris, in Moscow and Milan, many
experimented with new forms of art and artistic collaboration, giving rise to a host of radical new styles.
Exhibited chronologically and including a number of works by critical precursors who laid
the groundwork for the avant-garde movements—including Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin—the exhibition includes: Picasso's Le Moulin de la Galette from 1900, an image of social change thatfuelled the
avant-garde imagination; the vivid colours and spontaneity of Wassily Kandinsky's Blue Mountain, 1908-09; the daring Expressionistic style of Piet Mondrian's Summer, Dune in Zeeland, ca.1910; Franz Marc's Yellow Cow
from 1911—a mascot for the philosopher-painters of the transnational Blue Rider group; Henri Matisse's severely radical portrait The Italian Woman, 1916; the tonal contrast of Amedeo Modigliani's Nude from 1917; and
Kurt Schwitters' meditation on war, Mountain Graveyard, 1919.
On Now and runs until Mar. 2, 2014 The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W.
J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 4
Toronto International Boat Show
Showcasing more than 1,000 paddle boats, runabouts, fishing boats, performance boats, sport boats, sailboats and
luxury yachts, plus engine manufacturer displays and acres of marine gifts and accessories.
At 28,000 square feet, the indoor lake is the World's largest indoor lake for boaters complete with floating
docks, and in-water boat displays. The Lake will host a variety of on-the-water activities showcasing Amsterdam Winch Jam, fishing, personal watercraft, kayaking,canoeing, boat handling demonstrations and more.
Activites on the Lake will entertain, educate and invite you to get active and get boating!
Family attractions include antique boats, a live trout pond, Kids Zone, Cottage Country and much more.
For Further Information, please click here
Jan. 11 - Jan. 19
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place | Admission: Adults $15 / Seniors $12 / Youth $7.00 / Children 12 and under free