A staple of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) exhibition and galleries has been temporarily closed and replaced with a Harry Potter installation.
After a Toronto Reddit post blew up claiming that a certain Canadian art exhibit had been permanently closed and moved to the Wizarding exhibit, I decided to dig in.
For reference, the post claimed that Canada’s Sigmund Samuel Gallery, which featured 560 Canadiana exhibits, had been axed forever in favor of Harry Post’s magical (and sometimes controversial) adjacent theme, Fantastic Beasts.
An emailed request to the ROM confirmed that the Sigmund Gallery was “temporarily closed” for fantastic beasts and the upcoming T. rex exhibit, which opens in March.
But the Sigmund Gallery and its Canadian pieces are not gone for good.
According to a ROM spokesperson, it has simply closed while “plans to move the collection from Canada to a new and improved gallery space are being developed.”
“Creating a great museum experience is about continually rethinking our environment and refreshing the galleries and public space to stay relevant and better serve our visitors. We are constantly looking for ways to make the museum more open, accessible and engaging for the public. »
Of course, museums are constantly changing and coming up with new exhibits, but it seems some aren’t too happy that others prefer more popular or (not @me) interesting subjects.
One could argue that it is not necessarily good that the Canadian exhibit is the one to replace, but on the other hand, others might wonder who the exhibit served.
Since the permanent gallery opened in 2007, the Sigmund Gallery primarily covers “the period from the early years of European settlement to the beginnings of the modern industrial era, and primarily reflects Canada’s French and British cultural heritage, with a wide representation before 1850”. according to a press release from that year.
However, that doesn’t mean there are no more Canadian exhibits left, as the ROM is hosting a few new exhibits.
modern canadian which opens on December 3 is a “celebration of Canadian innovation in design offering an engaging lens through which to examine and appreciate Canada’s unique place in the modern movements of crafts, fashion, furniture and interior design.” ‘electronic”.
Cree artist Kent Monkman’s To be legendary The exhibit opens October 8 and features her “shape-shifting, time-travelling, gender-fluid alter ego, the legendary being Miss Chief Eagle Testickle” while the exhibit “depicts how Indigenous knowledge is deeply embedded in the lands of Turtle Island,” according to the ROM.