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Fabulous Fabergé, Jeweller to the Czars
MONTREAL  •  Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal  •  14 June - 5 October 2014
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents the largest Fabergé collection outside of Russia from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond.

The name of Carl Fabergé (1846-1920), the Russian jeweller who created valuable objects for the Czars Alexander III and Nicholas II, became synonymous with elegant craftsmanship in luxurious jewellery. The House of Fabergé was also associated with the last days of the Russian imperial family and a tragic chapter of history at the start of the twentieth century. The exhibition comprises 240 objects from this exceptional collection, including four of the forty-three remaining famous Easter eggs commissioned by the Romanovs.

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

Contact: Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, Quebec
Tel: (1) 514 790 12 45

Around 1914: Design in a New Age
TORONTO  •  Royal Ontario Museum  •  29 March 2014 - 21 March 2015

Around 1914: Design in a New Age is a display of the design and decorative arts created around the period of the 1914. 

This original exhibition includes over 100 objects from the ROM's European Decorative Art collection. Works of the era's key designers and critically and historically renowned craftsmen, including Christopher Dresser, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Archibald Knox, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Frank Lloyd Wright, Emile Gallé, Carlo Bugatti, Georg Jensen, Otto Wagner, and Josef Hoffmann are included in the exhibition.


Royal Ontario Museum Website

Contact: Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto,
ON  M5S 2C6
Tel: (1) 416 586 80 00

Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint 2, 6, 17
TORONTO  •  Art Gallery of Ontario  •  31 May - 28 September 2014
Drawing Restraint (1987-present) is a long-term project for American artist Matthey Barney (born 1967, San Francisco) in which he proposes art-making as parallel to athletic training: the development of form occurs through resistance. Begun while still a student at Yale University, Drawing Restraint shows the influence of Barney’s background as an athlete and his intent to foreground the physical body and its tensions in a studio practice. The ongoing series Drawing Restraint comprises drawings, sculpture, photographs and video works emerging from his self-imposed and increasingly complex obstacles and scenarios.

The earliest work in the series, Drawing Restraint 1-6 (1987-1989), shows simple studio experiments, where Barney attempts to mark the ceiling and the walls while bouncing on a tilted trampoline or tethered at the thighs with bungee cords. From the 1990s onwards, he began to introduce the spectacular cinematic narratives for which he is best known. Drawing Restraint 17 (2010), filmed in Switzerland, is a two-channel video bearing Barney’s signature high production value and allegorical storytelling. Usually, in this series, Barney subjects his own body to physical tests; here for the first time, the protagonist is an athletic young Swiss woman, while Barney now plays the removed role of the established artist.

Art Gallery of Ontario Website

Contact: Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5T 1G4
Tel: (1) 416 979 66 48

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