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Paul Gauguin, Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) (1888) | Public Domain/WikiCommons
Paul Gauguin, Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) (1888) | Public Domain/WikiCommons

7 Must-See Art Exhibitions Opening In Toronto Fall 2016

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Updated: 19 September 2016
The changing of the seasons also ushers in a host of new exhibitions at Toronto‘s favourite galleries. This autumn, Toronto’s major galleries are hosting exhibitions as diverse as their collections – from mystical landscapes at the AGO to Syria’s past, present, and future at the Aga Khan Museum to the best wildlife photography at the ROM. Toronto is also home to a (huge) handful of must-see exhibitions featuring the work of women artists from around the globe, including Sara Naimpour, Yto Barrada, and Ana Mendieta. To shake off those post-summer blues, head to any of these seven must-see art shows in Toronto this fall.

Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more | Art Gallery of Ontario

While landscape paintings are no stranger to AGO walls, this autumn sees the tried-and-true style explored through a new approach. The years surrounding the turn of the 20th century, between 1880 and 1930, were defined by urbanization and rampant materialism – themes that are distinctly familiar today. Disillusioned with traditional religions, many European, Scandinavian and North American artists began looking toward mystical experiences as a path toward a new spirituality. In partnership with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more brings together the mystical experiences of 36 artists from 15 countries, with over 90 stunning paintings and 20 works on paper. From Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles (1888) and Paul Gauguin’s Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) (1888) to Georgia O’Keeffe’s Series I – from the Plains (1919), expect to see your favourite painters in a new light as they explore the transcendental power of nature.

October 22, 2016 – January 29, 2017

Art Gallery of Ontario, 217 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 979 6648

Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles, 1888 | © Google Art Project

Vincent van Gogh, Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles, 1888 | © Google Art Project

Sara Naimpour: All the news… | Birch Contemporary

Speaking to those who may have left their home for a new country, or simply those feeling a bit too attached to their phones, Birch Contemporary’s Sara Naimpour: All the news… is an enlightening must-see. Through a series of 11 photographs, Naimpour explores the ‘deadening effect’ media has on our increasingly connected lives. Specifically, she considers those who have left their homeland, and how the constant impulse to log on and check in is an even greater part of the everyday routine. The photographs in All the news… have been taken in the past five years since Naimpour moved to Toronto from Tehran. As more people Naimpour knows emigrate from Iran to Toronto, she meets and photographs them in their private or semiprivate spaces. As Naimpour elaborates in her artist’s statement, ‘All the news… portrays how we end the nights, which is also the morning of the next day in Iran, by checking out the news to either hear something good that makes us want to go back, or something bad, to secretly make us feel good about the decision to immigrate.’

September 8, 2016 – October 15, 2016

Birch Contemporary, 129 Tecumseth, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 365 3003

All the news..., 2016, 27" × 36", colour photograph, edition of 3 | Courtesy of Birch Contemporary

All the news…, 2016, 27″ × 36″, colour photograph, edition of 3 | Courtesy of Birch Contemporary

Faux Guide | The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

This fall, the Power Plant presents a solo exhibition of Yto Barrada, which features her new body of work, Faux Guide (2015-ongoing). With Faux Guide, Barrada explores the Moroccan fossil and mineral trade. The histories and stories of Morocco’s unique regions can be seen through fossils – from Erfoud sea-lilies to Khouribga shark teeth and Kem Kem dinosaur footprints to Alnif trilobites. While appreciating the beauty, Baradda considers the industry these fossils gave birth to – with fossil hunters, auction houses, decorators, and palaeontologists all with a vested interest. With Faux Guide, Barrada explores powerful history, as well as its subsequent ‘underground economy’, raising questions about how history is examined through the collection of objects.

October 15, 2016 – January 2, 2017

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 973 4949

 

Syria: A Living History | Aga Khan Museum

Stories of conflict and displacement have long dominated the media, defining how people perceive a place. Recognizing that few countries have captured the world’s attention as Syria has, the Aga Khan Museum presents Syria: A Living History to shine a different light on a region rich in history, culture, and resourcefulness. Revealing stories apart from war and struggle, the Aga Khan Museum brings together art and artifacts reflecting the cultural diversity, history, and resilience of Syria. For over five millennia, the region has seen and experienced plenty, reflected in the works produced by artists throughout the ages. To gain a new understanding of Syria’s past, present, and its future, head to the Aga Khan Museum.

October 15, 2016 – February 26, 2017

Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 646 4677

 

Parviz Sculptures | Aga Khan Museum

While you’re at the Aga Khan Museum for Syria: A Living History, be sure to wander the Museum’s stunning gardens and park. This autumn, experience the sculptures of acclaimed Iranian-Canadian artist Parviz Tanavoli. The Vancouver-based artist, who faced a travel ban earlier this summer while in Iran, is considered one of Iran’s leading artists. Three of Tanavoli’s sculptures will be installed in the Aga Khan Park, including Poet in Love, 2009; Big Heech, 2014; and Horizontal Lovers, 2016. Tanavoli’s installation at the Aga Khan is the first time Horizontal Lovers will be publicly exhibited.

The three sculptures by Tanavoli will be on display from September 24, 2016, to April 2, 2017.

Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 646 4677

 

Siluetas, Ana Mendieta | CONTACT Gallery

The Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths programme have teamed up with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival for a rare exhibition of the films and photographs by Cuban-born multidisciplinary artist Ana Mendieta (1948-1985): Siluetas, Ana Mendieta. Known for her association with artistic movements including Land Art and Feminist Art, Mendieta’s work carries a radical, unwaveringly political charge. The recent resurfacing and restoration of her films have revealed new insights into her work and her fusion of form and documentation – a process she calls ‘siluetas‘: inscriptions of the artist’s body into the landscape, and then transformed by natural elements. This exhibition explores the major themes of Mendieta’s work, including the female body, violence, energy, and displacement.

September 8, 2016 – October 29, 2016

Contact Gallery, 80 Spadina Ave #205, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 539 9595

Ana Mendieta, Silueta Sangrienta, Super-8mm transferred to high definition digital media, colour, silent. | Image and artworks courtesy of the Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC and Galerie Lelong, New York.

Ana Mendieta, Silueta Sangrienta, Super-8mm transferred to high definition digital media, colour, silent. | Image and artworks courtesy of the Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC and Galerie Lelong, New York.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year | Royal Ontario Museum

The world’s longest-running and most prestigious nature and photography competition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, hits the ROM for its fourth year. The exhibition, which premiered at London’s Natural History Museum, is now on its world tour, showcasing the finalists and winners of the contest. Be amazed and moved by the beauty of nature through 100 stunning photographs from the 2016 competition. Whether you go for the nature, the photography, or both, just make sure you get to the ROM before Wildlife Photographer of the Year continues its tour.

Opens November 12, 2016