Exhibitions and Gallery Openings

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In the Spotlight

March 5 to September 5, 2011 Feature Exhibition

Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, Level B2


Water: The Exhibition

The most abundant substance on Earth, water covers more than 70 percent of the planet. It is the only natural substance that occurs on Earth in liquid, solid, and gaseous forms. Opening March 5, Water: The Exhibition celebrates the power and wonder of this life-giving substance. In addition to explaining water's unique physical and chemical properties and origins, Water explores the critical role this mineral plays in the natural world. "Fresh water is surprisingly rare--it makes up only 3 percent of the water on the planet," says co-curator Mary Burridge, and yet it supports all life outside the oceans. Multimedia installations, live animals, and more help to illustrate the indispensable role water plays in our lives.



Four symposia in March and June 2011 feature leading scientists, academics, and industry specialists.

Distinguished Lecturer Water Series

Six lectures by researchers, public policy makers, ROM curators, and activists explore issues related to water.

Family Programs

During March Break and special Water Weekends kids can enjoy water-related crafts, interactive games, and more.

For information: p. 416.586.5797.

June 4, 2011, to March 18, 2012

Opening Exhibition Herman Herzog Levy Gallery, part of the Asian Suite of Galleries, Philosophers' Walk Wing, Level 1


Indian Painted Photographs

Painted photographs are exactly what they sound like: a combination of painting and photography. They are a distinctive genre of Indian visual culture. The ROM brings together approximately 60 images covering the period when production was at its height--the 1880s through the 1940s. These images were precursors to the Bollywood cinema showcards that feature brightly coloured hand-painted photo collages.


May 28 to October 2, 2011 Opening Exhibition

Centre Block, Level 3


Bollywood Cinema Paintings, Indian Film Art from the 1950s to 1980s

The Bollywood film industry based in Mumbai, India, is one of the most prolific in the world. Its colourful musicals are a growing sensation in the West and a deep cultural tradition in the East.

This exhibition displays original vintage Bollywood cinema showcards featuring movie icons and award-winning films. Embodying the quirky and colourful style of India's cinema culture, the exhibition features the Tatla Collection of Bollywood advertising as well as images from the ROM's collection.

The show coincides with the International Indian Film Academy Awards in Toronto.


Fall 2011

Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, Michael Lee-Chin Crystal Level 2B


Maya: Secrets of Their Ancient World


Opens March 25, 2011 Opening Exhibition

Wirth Gallery of the Middle East, Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, Level 3


On the High Road: The Archaeology of Godin Tepe, Iran

This special exhibit explores the 4,000-year history of the village of Godin Tepe on the fabled Silk Road. The exhibition also celebrates publication of the new book On the High Road: The History of Godin Tepe, Iran, co-published by ROM Press and Mazda Publishers. …