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Events in Art and Archaeology

A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints
TORONTO  •  Royal Ontario Museum  •  7 May - 27 November 2016

Featuring stunning woodblock prints, samurai armour, a kimono, screen paintings, lacquerwork, and illustrated books, the exhibition explores issues of gender and tells a pivotal story of sexuality in Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868). A Third Gender is the first North American display on wakashu. Four hundred years ago in Japan, a complex social structure existed in which gender involved more than a person’s biological sex. Age, position in the sexual hierarchy, and appearance were also considered. Fundamental to this structure were youths termed wakashu. Neither “adult man” nor “woman”—each a separate gender—wakashu were objects of desire for both, playing distinct social and sexual roles. Constituting a third gender, they are visually represented in these Edo period woodblock prints.

The exhibition features approximately 60 woodblock prints (ukiyo-e), visually representing wakashu. Produced since the 8th century in Japan, woodblock prints, created collaboratively by a designer, engraver, printer, and publisher, became popular in the 17th century. The exhibition’s prints were created in early 18th to mid19th centuries by major ukiyo-e masters including Okumura Masanobu, Suzuki Harunobu, and Kitagawa Utamaro.

Royal Ontario Museum Website

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

Pompeii: A Roman City
MONTREAL  •  Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal  •  6 February - 5 September 2016
A spectacular exhibition that features over 220 archaeological artifacts in a unique multisensorial environment. Mosaics, frescoes, bronze and marble statues, decorative art objects, as well as utensils and personal accessories, will bring to life this small provincial colony of the Roman Empire that was frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Website

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

Photo: Untitled. Serie Maras, 2006Archival pigment ink110 x 145 cm © Isabel Muñoz
Photo: Untitled. Serie Maras, 2006
Archival pigment ink
110 x 145 cm
© Isabel Muñoz
Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art
ONTARIO  •  Royal Ontario Museum  •  2 April - 5 September 2016
Coming from the musée du quai Branly in Paris, Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. explores the 5000-year-old multifaceted world of tattooing, showcasing a visual history of body art and markings, ancient tools, and commissioned tattooed silicone body reproductions, inked by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the contemporary world.

Royal Ontario Museum Website

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

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Eleganza: Italian Fashion From 1945 to Today
Eleganza: Italian Fashion From 1945 to Today
Eleganza: Italian Fashion From 1945 to Today
MONTREAL  •  McCord Museum  •  26 May - 25 September 2016
In addition to viewing numerous dresses and creations by Valentino, Armani, Fendi, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Emilio Pucci, to name just a few, the public discover pieces by new and emerging designers as well as a range of accessories, photographs, magazines, drawings and film clips: all witnesses to the glamour and influence of Italian fashion from 1945 to today.

McCord Museum Website

Please click here for the Culturekiosque book review of the exhibition 'Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945'.


McCord Museum
690 Sherbrooke Street

Tel: (1) 514 397 71 08

Of Horses and Men: The Émile Hermès Collection, Paris
MONTREAL  •  Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History  •  20 May - 16 October 2016

For the first time in its history, Hermès of Paris has agreed to share over 300 remarkable objects---of all things equestrian from the private collection of Émile Hermès.

Founded in Paris in 1837, Hermès International began as a maker of harnesses and saddles at a time when horses ruled the streets. Under the leadership of the founder’s grandson Émile Hermès (1871–1951), the firm truly took off, adapting its products to the new lifestyles of an elite clientele. A sign of wealth and power, the horse was long associated with the monarchy, nobility, bourgeoisie, and prestigious racing stables. But as the automobile began to replace the horse in daily life, the saddle maker-turned-leather merchant and avant-garde couturier realized the urgency of preserving the precious treasures of equestrian heritage.

Saddles, stirrups, spurs, and other horse tack from around the world are just some of the many objects along the horse’s trail, which takes visitors on a journey from Antiquity to the Renaissance to the 20th century.

The collection also includes a wonderful selection of paintings by great and lesser-known masters, as well as sculptures, engravings, and drawings.

Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History Website

Contact: 350 Place Royale
Corner of de la Commune
Old Montréal (Québec) H2Y 3Y5
Tel: (1) 514 872-9150

Deadly Skies: Air War, 1914–1918Canadian War Museum
Deadly Skies: Air War, 1914–1918
Canadian War Museum
Deadly Skies: Air War, 1914–1918
OTTAWA, ONTARIO  •  Canadian War Museum  •  9 June 2016 - 29 January 2017

Visitors are invited to go beyond the dogfights and immerse oneself in the lives of nine people, from both sides of the conflict, who experienced the first air war.

Join them as they train to fly, gather intelligence, fight aerial battles and drop bombs. Their stories — told with more than 80 authentic artifacts woven into an innovative graphic novel presentation — provide insight into the history and consequences of the first air war.

Canadian War Museum Website

Contact: Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario
Tel: (1) 819 776 70 00

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