Canada Collects: Treasures from across the Nation

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Canada Collects: Treasures from across the Nation


Canada Collects: Treasures from Across the Nation October 6, 2007, to January 6, 2008

The ROM celebrates A Season of Canada this fall with a number of Canada-themed exhibitions and programs, including the original exhibition Canada Collects: Treasures from Across the Nation on display in the Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall. Approximately 70 vital objects on loan from some 50 different Canadian institutional and private collections celebrate the art of collecting in Canada, illustrating the depth and strength of this country's collections. The eclectic show ranges from contemporary paintings to original historical manuscripts, and includes a range of decorative arts.

Touching on many aspects of Canada's political and social history, the show features some of the most iconic historical Canadian artifacts in the country: a 1709 Hudson's Bay Company map of the Hudson's Bay and Straits; the 1982 Proclamation of the Canadian Constitution Act; Lucy Maud Montgomery's original manuscript for Anne of Green Gables (1905); Walter S. Allward's powerful maquette, Justice, which forms part of the Vimy Ridge Memorial (1936); the first Canadian maple leaf flag (1965); and Pierre Elliot Trudeau's birchbark canoe (c. 1968).

"It may seem that a gold brooch created by Northwest Coast artist Bill Reid has little relation to the landing gear of the Avro Arrow," points out Kenneth Lister, the lead curator of Canada Collects. …

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