Fall Art in Toronto

I’ve been a little behind in my art viewing these past few months. Here are two current Toronto exhibitions that I plan on visiting and reviewing in future blog posts.

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ABOVE: Edward Burtynsky, Clearcut #1, Palm Oil Plantation, Borneo, Malaysia, 2016. Pigment inkjet print, 148.6 x 198.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017.

ANTHROPOCENE

September 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Art Gallery of Ontario

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier travelled the world to document the irreversible marks of human activity. More than Banksy, even more than Infinity Mirrors, this may be the exhibition everyone should see this year.

BELIEVE

September 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Museum of Contemporary Art

The inaugural exhibition of the long delayed Museum of Contemporary Art, includes 16 artists and covers 3 floors. Through various materials and disciplines, each artist examines how we believe and perceive. If anything, it’s worth a visit just to check out the new space.

 

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Toronto’s New Contemporary Art Museum

Owing to a condo boom, the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art closed in September. Fortunately, its new space, which opens in May, looks awesome.

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ABOVE: Douglas Coupland at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art

Last year, I wrote about gentrification, and the relocation of the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MOCCA) from the Queen West neighborhood to the Junction. While I was sorry to see the original museum replaced with a condo, I’m happy to report that the new location looks even better than the first.

A few days ago, MOCCA director and CEO Chantal Pontbriand revealed plans for the new museum. Here are some of the details:

  • The Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art is now the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto_Canada (I prefer the original name, but whatever).
  • At 5,200 square metres, the new museum is much bigger than the old one (990 square metres).
  • The site is leased for 40 years, so it will be a long time before they’re forced to move again, if ever.
  • A site specific building, currently dubbed MoCA II, will be built across the street and will add an additional 6,800 square metres of space.
  • Open from noon to midnight.

Having been a fan of the old museum, I’m really looking forward to May 2017 when they open the doors to a new era of art in Toronto.