Past Exhibitions



Christopher McNamara: Vivid Against the Little, Soft Cities

October 14, 2023 to February 25, 2024

Through dioramas, photographs, and videos, Christopher McNamara offers the viewer human environments that distill personal memory, family lore, and popular culture.

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Out of the Vault

October 06, 2023 to March 24, 2024

A sneak peek at the 6,700 objects we're currently digitizing will be projected onto our exterior windows.

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Getting Around London

June 24, 2023 to April 17, 2024

This exhibition of images from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries explores how Londoners traveled in and around the city over time.

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June 10, 2023 to April 14, 2024

A large mural that combines large-scale public art, street art, and digital media, to make what the artist calls a “dimensional looking glass”.

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Fragments of Everything and Nothing: Colin Carney and Amy Friend

June 03, 2023 to October 08, 2023

Their experimental photography takes us on an exploration of physical space, time, and memory.

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London Remembers

June 03, 2023 to October 22, 2023

An art exhibition to honor the lives lost to Islamophobia and to promote community healing

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Ithin-eh-wuk—we place ourselves at the center: James Nicholas and Sandra Semchuk

May 27, 2023 to September 10, 2023

For 15 years, James Nicholas and Sandra Semchuk collaborated on photo-installations and videos which unveil the mindset and effects of colonialism through the lens of their remarkable intercultural marriage.

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Southwest Seen: Jude Abu Zaineh

May 19, 2023 to August 10, 2023

A video piece that reflects the natural ecology of Southwestern Ontario’s food and flora.

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Ron Benner: As the Crow Flies

May 01, 2023 to October 01, 2023

An outdoor installation by London, Ontario-based artist, writer, and gardener Ron Benner (b. 1949).

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London Collectors

March 04, 2023 to September 03, 2023

Explore a selection of objects from large donations three Londoners have made to the Museum over the years.

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Southwest Seen: Racquel Rowe

March 03, 2023 to May 18, 2023

This video work is a vision birthed between two places: Lake Huron and the Thames River in Southwestern Ontario, and the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean surrounding Barbados.

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Angie Quick: make me less evil

February 18, 2023 to May 28, 2023

A solo exhibition by London-based artist Angie Quick.

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Southwest Seen: Calla Moya

December 16, 2022 to March 02, 2023

A special initiative involving the commission of new digital media works by Calla Moya, Racquel Rowe, and Jude Abu Zaineh; three artists with meaningful connections to Southwestern Ontario.

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Stay Safe: Then and Now

December 03, 2022 to June 04, 2023

This exhibition presents an artifact from 2020 to rethink how we move forward, inviting reflection on the power of art and creativity, the nature of compassion, and the ingredients for community resilience.

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Carole’s Garden

November 12, 2022 to May 28, 2023

Created by Canadian artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge in response to climate change, "Carole’s Garden" confronts the inability of industrialized nations to stop the destruction of the natural world.

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The Play’s the Thing: Theatre in London

October 15, 2022 to February 12, 2023

This exhibition will usher you through London’s colourful theatrical past and present.

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October 08, 2022 to January 15, 2023

Inspired by the unknown, uncanny, and unearthly, "Spectral" explores our fascination with the supernatural — ghosts, hauntings, and the afterlife — bringing together both contemporary art and historical artifacts.

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London Businesses in the Spotlight: Hobbs Hardware, Reid’s Crystal Palace, and Somerville Industries Ltd.

July 09, 2022 to February 01, 2023

This small exhibition puts the spotlight on three businesses that once called London home: Hobbs Hardware, Reid’s Crystal Palace, and the toys and games division of Somerville Industries Limited.

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Thrill! Arthur A. Gleason’s Aerial Photography

July 02, 2022 to April 23, 2023

London photographer Arthur Gleason’s aerial photographs of London and southwestern Ontario

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Margaux Williamson: Interiors

June 18, 2022 to September 18, 2022

Margaux Williamson is a painter of our times whose work expresses curiosity and a wonder toward everyday spaces and objects.

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Rhyme or Reason: The Art of Patrick Landsley and Margot Ariss

June 11, 2022 to October 09, 2022

Patrick Landsley (1926-2021) and Margot Ariss (1929-2013) remind us that creative thinking can have a curiously tangible, tactile quality.

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Ed Pien, "Wallpaper"

April 22, 2022 to April 23, 2022

UPwithART Guest Artist Ed Pien's video installation is on view at night at the back of the Museum.

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From Remote Stars: Buckminster Fuller, London, and Speculative Futures

March 05, 2022 to May 15, 2022

Based on a 1968 visit to London by architect and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller, the exhibition brings together artworks by 22 artists which address his techno-utopian vision.

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20 Works

February 26, 2022 to June 05, 2022

Twenty artworks selected by outgoing Executive Director Brian Meehan.

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Jessica Karuhanga, "Being who you are there is no other"

February 19, 2022 to May 15, 2022

Outdoor projections as a part of the exhibition "From Remote Stars"

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Evan Penny: Stretch

February 03, 2022 to October 23, 2022

Penny is renowned for creating hyper-realist sculptures formed, forged, and filtered through digital photography.

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The Wounded

October 16, 2021 to February 13, 2022

Featuring portraits from photojournalist Stephen J. Thorne, this exhibition takes an unflinching look at the struggles and hopes of Canadian veterans wounded in recent years.

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GardenShip and State

October 07, 2021 to January 23, 2022

This exhibition brings together 20 artists and writers who engage in decolonial critique, environmental activism, and 21st century artistic practices to address environmental catastrophe.

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This Brewing Affair: The Labatt Collection at Museum London

August 26, 2021 to May 22, 2022

Chronicling the first 150 years of the Labatt Brewing Company

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Shelley Niro: Thinking Of You

August 01, 2021 to August 31, 2021

photographs from artist Shelley Niro’s series’ "Resting Place Of Our Ancestors" and" Final Moments Thinking Of You" are paired with selected video works

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No Small Terror: Edward Burtynsky

July 22, 2021 to October 10, 2021

Celebrated photographer Edward Burtysnky’s dramatic, often abstracted, images record ecological changes wrought by humans across the globe.

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The Drive

July 22, 2021 to September 12, 2021

Anchored by the Art Gallery of Guelph’s major Tom Thomson canvas of the same title, this exhibition examines the representation of landscape in relation to the history of resource development.

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May 03, 2021 to December 31, 2021

80ML is an online exhibition that offers 80 opportunities to learn more about the Museum London collection from the perspective of London’s diverse community.

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Anna Binta Diallo: Wanderings

April 03, 2021 to September 12, 2021

Anna Binta Diallo’s photo-collages of people, animals, and objects spring from her own life, and mesh with images taken from history, folklore, and pop culture.

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Our World of Nature: A Student Exhibition

March 13, 2021 to July 15, 2021

Students from the Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board reflect on the theme of “the environment” and create artwork in a variety of media.

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ᐃᓅᓯᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ: ᐃᓅᓯᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᒥ / Inuusivut Nunavummi: Our Lives on the Tundra

February 25, 2021 to July 15, 2021

This exhibition explores the first generation of artists who contributed to the commercial development of Inuit art in their respective communities across the Arctic.

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Under Cover: Quilts from the Collection

February 25, 2021 to July 15, 2021

Previous short description: "Under Cover" features 15 quilts and a selection of supporting artifacts to unpack some of the many stories quilts can tell.

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RESOLUTION: A Century of Photographic Art

October 03, 2020 to July 15, 2021

RESOLUTION brings together works by 28 artists to demonstrate ways in which the camera has been used to record and explore traces of the past, challenge realities of the present, and impact how the future is envisioned.

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Gaawiin Ogiibagidenaawaasiiwaawan / They Did Not Let It Go

September 12, 2020 to December 25, 2020

This exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of the Ipperwash Crisis, which culminated in the death of Indigenous land defender Anthony "Dudley" George.

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Greetings from the Past: Greeting Cards and Postcards from the Collection

August 13, 2020 to February 14, 2021

This exhibition consists of 100 reproductions of greeting cards dating from the late 1870s to the late 1930s.

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Black Lives Matter, London

August 13, 2020 to February 28, 2021

On June 6, 2020, 10,000 Londoners converged on Victoria Park, carrying signs that declared “Black Lives Matter!”, “No Justice, No Peace!”, “Enough is Enough!”, and “Say Their Names!"

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Thomas King: 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin

July 01, 2020 to July 31, 2020

Experience poetry at its most monumental in these outsized writings selected from Thomas King's latest book "77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin​".

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Dean Carson

January 25, 2020 to May 07, 2020

Carson engages with the often-neglected backdrops to our lives, celebrating the mystery of living spaces rather than the narratives unfolding within them.

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Realisms: Canadian Art, 1850 to the Present

January 18, 2020 to September 20, 2020

This exhibition examines the multifaceted ways the idea of “realism” has been visually interpreted by Canadian artists with different intentions, at different moments in history.

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End Polio Now

October 18, 2019 to October 27, 2019

October 24 is World Polio Day. To mark it, Museum London and the South London Rotary Club have paired up to create this small exhibition.

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THE LOST CITY: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John

September 21, 2019 to January 26, 2020

In "The Lost City", 75 black-and-white photographs by London-based artist Ian MacEachern depict 1960s life in the North End of Saint John, New Brunswick, before urban renewal.

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London Lens: Ian MacEachern and Don Vincent

September 21, 2019 to January 19, 2020

"London Lens" brings together works by Ian MacEachern and Don Vincent which portrayed life in our downtown, representing work and leisure, and the creative cultural ferment in which the London Regionalists flourished.

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Ways of Being: Yhonnie Scarce & Michael Belmore

September 14, 2019 to January 05, 2020

"Ways of Being" looks at the practices of Australian Aboriginal artist Yhonnie Scarce and Canadian First Nations artist Michael Belmore as they critically celebrate Indigenous ways of knowing the world.

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Esmaa Mohamoud: To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat

September 14, 2019 to January 05, 2020

The works of Esmaa Mohamoud imaginatively re-purposes sports gear to re-examine understandings of contemporary Blackness.

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Kent Monkman "Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience"

June 01, 2019 to August 25, 2019

Monkman’s gender-fluid, time travelling alter-ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, is our guide on a journey through Canada’s history that starts one-hundred and fifty years before Confederation and takes us to the present.

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Fragile! Handle with Care

May 04, 2019 to May 04, 2020

Come and see examples of the china, ceramic, pottery, and plaster items Museum London has collected over the years to help tell the story of London and Middlesex County.

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Noongom / Ullumi / Anohc / Anichiish / Nòn:wa / Today: Recent Acquisitions

April 20, 2019 to September 15, 2019

This exhibition welcomes new works into our collection, helping Museum London convey a broader representation of contemporary art created by Indigenous artists.

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What’s the Score? Sheet Music from the Collection

April 13, 2019 to February 02, 2020

Museum London has some 400 examples of sheet music and we've reproduced the covers of 99 of them in this exhibition.

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Difficult Terrain

April 06, 2019 to September 15, 2019

A collection of historic objects and images that spark a conversation to oppose prejudice, discrimination, and oppression as well as to promote inclusion and diversity.

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Art is Art

February 02, 2019 to March 31, 2019

​Highlighting the synergy between visual art and music, "Art is Art" showcases the visual art practices of prominent Canadian recording artists.

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Polaris Music Prize Posters

February 02, 2019 to March 31, 2019

Polaris Music Prize Posters are meant to honour Canadian music albums of great artistic merit, both contemporary and from the past.

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JUNO Photography Exhibition

February 02, 2019 to March 31, 2019

A stunning retrospective photography exhibition showcasing the past 40+ years of Canadian music and the JUNO Awards.

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Women to the Front

February 02, 2019 to March 31, 2019

Take a look inside the layered and complex world of being a female in the music industry.​

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Pushing Paper

January 26, 2019 to May 12, 2019

Learn how paper has been central to human progress and still remains a vital element within the art sphere.

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Creative Cloth: Aesthetics and Apparel

January 26, 2019 to May 12, 2019

This exhibition shares Museum London’s rich holdings of fabric-based works, gathering items from both the regional history and art collections.

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The Art of Music: A Student Exhibition

January 12, 2019 to June 02, 2019

Just in time for the JUNOS, this exhibition features approximately 100 juried works inspired by art and music by the elementary and secondary students of London.

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The Long and the Short of It: The Tangled Story of Hair

December 15, 2018 to May 12, 2019

This exhibition investigates hair as an emblem of health, beauty, and identity within society.

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Ting: The Life and Work of Merle Tingley

September 22, 2018 to January 27, 2019

Merle Randolph Tingley (1921-2017), better known as “Ting,” he was, for over forty years the much-loved London Free Press political cartoonist.

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Bev Pike: Grottesque

September 15, 2018 to December 09, 2018

Grottesque features Winnipeg artist Bev Pike’s most recent series (2012-18) which depicts strange underground grottos and caves, lush with baroque detailing.

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Words and Pictures: Cartoonists of Southwestern Ontario

September 15, 2018 to January 13, 2019

Southwestern Ontario has produced some of the world’s most celebrated and innovative comic artists, of which twelve of them are featured in this exhibition.

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Multimedia Project "Look! An Opera in 9 Paintings"

June 03, 2018 to June 28, 2018

Nine songs about nine paintings inspired by the Museum's collection weave a story about love, death, beaches, the meaning of art, and ice cream.

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Voices of Chief’s Point

May 12, 2018 to September 16, 2018

In Voices of Chief’s Point, today’s Anishinaabeg explore traditional stories and songs recounted by Robert and Eliza Thompson in 1938 as part of their continuing efforts to overcome colonization.

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Kelly Jazvac: Lamina Stamina

May 05, 2018 to September 30, 2018

Kelly Jazvac salvages vinyl refuse from signage companies to create two and three-dimensional works that take a second look at plastics, recycling, and the permanent mark our throwaway culture is making on the planet.

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BGL: Spectacle + Problems

April 28, 2018 to August 26, 2018

The Canadian artist collective BGL will be taking over all three Ivey galleries with their large-scale installations this summer.

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Guilty Pleasures and Bad Habits: Alcohol, Caffeine, Tobacco, and…

January 27, 2018 to April 29, 2018

Featuring more than 150 artifacts from Museum London’s material culture collection, this exhibition will invite you to explore the history of some of our guilty pleasures and bad habits.

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Women’s Lives in Canada: A History, 1875–2000

January 20, 2018 to May 06, 2018

This exhibition will consider what it meant to be female in Canada from the end of the nineteenth century through to the end of the twentieth century.

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December 23, 2017 to April 01, 2018

​In Embodiment, numerous works by Canadian women artists come together to examine the creation of social meaning on a variety of levels, from the personal to the global.

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Jacket Required: Book Covers from the Collection

November 04, 2017 to January 28, 2019

Cover art and dust jackets from books held in Museum London’s extensive material culture collection.

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From the Vaults: Recent Acquisitions

September 30, 2017 to January 21, 2018

Museum London is the institution of record for many nationally significant artists. This exhibition offers a cross-section of ongoing collecting efforts.

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Packaging Unpacked: A Short History of Packaging

September 16, 2017 to January 14, 2018

Featuring over 100 artifacts from Museum London’s extensive artifact collection to explore the history of packaging.

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Robert Fones: Signs | Forms | Narratives

September 09, 2017 to December 10, 2017

Governor-General’s Award-winning artist Robert Fones is a pioneer in Canadian conceptual art. His work investigates ideas of time and identity—geographical, societal, and technological.

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Canada and London: 150 Years of Growing Together

June 27, 2017 to September 24, 2017

Come and see a display of artifacts and images that illustrates the way in which London and the wider region grew with the country over those years

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Witness Blanket

June 01, 2017 to July 09, 2017

Bearing witness to those affected by Canada’s Indian Residential Schools, the Witness Blanket installation is stopping in London two years into its cross Canada tour. Victoria

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Air Waves: Radio and TV in London

May 20, 2017 to September 10, 2017

For almost 100 years, first radio and then television has kept the community abreast of local, national and international news and events, showcased local talent, and provided entertainment and companionship.

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Sounds Assembling: Communication and the Art of Noise

May 13, 2017 to September 24, 2017

This exhibition presents new ways in which sound, and by extension, communication and language, can be experienced.

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Sparrow Night: Artists Working with Light

May 06, 2017 to August 27, 2017

“Sparrow night” is a term from folklore that describes a night storm featuring intense sheet lightning. The exhibition sets off a trimester of programming focussing on the senses.

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Wish You Were Here: Postcards from the Collection

April 03, 2017 to November 17, 2017

In the early 20th century Londoners often relied on postcards to stay in touch. Londoners sent and received picture postcards with the goal of building up the best and most complete collection possible. Come see the many

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Highlights from 150 Years of Art-Making in London

February 04, 2017 to April 23, 2017

This exhibition celebrates the rich artistic output of London from its earliest days as a city in the mid-1800s through to today.

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Brian Jones: The Sun Shines in All Yards

January 28, 2017 to May 07, 2017

View the work of Brian Jones and see his meticulous technique and inventive imagery through selected drawings, prints, oil, and watercolour paintings.

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Canada 150: A Student Exhibition

January 28, 2017 to March 26, 2017

For this exhibition, we invited elementary and secondary students to reflect on the theme of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

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Canadian Eh? A History of the Nation’s Signs and Symbols

January 07, 2017 to May 14, 2017

Through art and artifacts, this dynamic exhibition explores the history of symbols that have come to express the Canadian identity.

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Out with the Old? Creating a 'Throw-Away' Society

September 17, 2016 to January 01, 2017

This exhibition explores how technological, psychological, and planned obsolescence impacted the household goods that Londoners bought from the late nineteenth through to the late twentieth centuries.

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TransAMERICAS: a sign, a situation, a concept

September 10, 2016 to January 22, 2017

Artists examine relationships formed between people and places, including resonant and often overlapping themes of community, travel, bridges and language.

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The Desire to Acquire: London Collects

September 03, 2016 to January 08, 2017

View rare, distinctive, and intriguing artworks acquired by collectors in the city of London, Ontario.

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Cursive! Reading and Writing the Old School Way

August 13, 2016 to April 09, 2017

This exhibition explores the history cursive writing, the tools required for the job, how children were taught to write, and why this dying skill continues to be important.

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Remember When: an exhibition of souvenirs and mementos

May 20, 2016 to August 13, 2016

Do you like to collect objects that remind you of your travels and other life experiences? You are like legions of Londoners from the past. These aide-memoire make our past experiences part of our everyday lives.

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Akram Zaatari: All is Well

May 13, 2016 to August 13, 2016

Zaatari’s practice involves unearthing, collecting and re-contextualizing documents that represent his country’s complex history.

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May 06, 2016 to August 13, 2016

This group exhibition of contemporary art examines issues of memory and time, through personal narratives and larger, shared histories.

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Canada at Play: 100 Years of Games, Toys and Sports

February 05, 2016 to May 14, 2016

In the dead of winter or the heat of summer, outside or inside, Canadian children have always worked hard to have fun! This exhibition examines our favourite games and toys over the past 130 years.

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Free Play

January 29, 2016 to May 07, 2016

This exhibition explores the work of contemporary artists who borrow from play and games to reveal social, philosophical, and cultural issues.

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​A Ripple Effect: Canadians and Fresh Water

January 22, 2016 to August 06, 2016

This exhibition examines the larger story of Canadians’ relationship with fresh water by focusing on the Thames, Speed, and Eramosa rivers.

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Play Time

January 08, 2016 to April 23, 2016

This exhibition will take visitors back to another time and remind us about the messages toys communicate.

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Visible Storage Project

December 31, 2015 to January 15, 2017

Explore more than 100 paintings that represent some of the best of our permanent collection.

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The Daily Grind

December 18, 2015 to April 23, 2016

This group exhibition is comprised of contemporary artworks that speak to concepts of work, including absurdist satire and sobering sociopolitical insight.

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Let's Eat!

September 18, 2015 to January 10, 2016

Let’s Eat! will also introduce viewers to a range of Londoners who participated in interviews about their food and cooking today.

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In Digestion

September 11, 2015 to January 30, 2016

Benner’s monumental installation, In Digestion, began with a series of simple questions about the food we consume: who grows it, where is it grown, how is it processed and shipped.

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Acquired Tastes

September 04, 2015 to January 23, 2016

Acquired Tastes explores the complex human relationships surrounding food, which not only keeps us alive but structures all aspects of our experience: politics, the economy, ecology, and social diversity.

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Food-Water-Life: Lucy+Jorge Orta

August 29, 2015 to December 06, 2015

The work of Lucy and Jorge Orta explores major concerns that define the twenty-first century: biodiversity, the environment, climate change and communication.

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Around the Clock: London at Work and Play

August 08, 2015 to November 05, 2016

This exhibition of photographs will give you a glimpse into a London of different eras and a snapshot of the lived experiences of Londoners of the past.​

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London's First World War

May 15, 2015 to September 12, 2015

The exhibition highlights the experiences of those who lived with permanent disability and the deaths of loved ones

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Reading the Talk

May 08, 2015 to August 29, 2015

Michael Belmore, Hannah Claus, Patricia Deadman, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Keesic Douglas and Melissa General

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​ Ed Zelenak: Divining the Immeasurable

May 01, 2015 to August 15, 2015

Since the mid-1960s, the works of West Lorne-based sculptor Ed Zelenak have garnered acclaim on regional, national, and international levels.

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Get Cooking: Selections from the Collection

April 18, 2015 to January 03, 2016

This exhibition features some of the cooking treasures left to us by Londoners from the distant and no-so-distant past.

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Souterraine Impressions

April 03, 2015 to September 05, 2015

This exhibition illuminates the lives of Canadian veterans through the deeply personal carvings and drawings made by soldiers concealed in the allied caves and trenches near Vimy Ridge, France.

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Jane Buyers: Gather...Arrange...Maintain

January 23, 2015 to April 18, 2015

This exhibition is a focused survey drawn from a thirty-year period of the work of the contemporary Canadian artist Jane Buyers.

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The Art of Nature: A Student Exhibition

January 09, 2015 to May 02, 2015

We invited elementary and secondary students (K-12) in the Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board to reflect on the theme of "nature" and create artwork in a variety of media.

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Nature's Handmade

December 12, 2014 to May 09, 2015

The natural world has been constantly envisioned by artists around the world.

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Work and Perseverance: Paintings by Women Artists

November 07, 2014 to November 07, 2015

Over the course of the twentieth century, the development of public art museums and galleries in Ontario (and indeed, across Canada) was spurred to a large extent by the efforts of women.

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A Story of Canadian Art: As told by the Hart House Collection

September 13, 2014 to January 03, 2015

This unique exhibition features highlights of Canadian art from the historic collection that was begun in at the beginning of the twentieth century by Hart House at the University of Toronto.

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In the Air: Canadian Plein Air Painters

September 13, 2014 to April 11, 2015

Artists have long painted outdoors, but by the mid-nineteenth century, working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon School and the Impressionists.

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The Griffiths Brothers: Painting and Porcelain

September 13, 2014 to December 14, 2014

This exhibition explores the lives and work of early London artists John and James Griffiths.

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Fellowship and Fine Arts: Artist Associations

September 05, 2014 to January 10, 2015

This historical exhibition brings together imagery and ephemera related to artist associations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in Canada in general, and in Ontario and Middlesex County in particular.

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The Peel Family: An Artistic Affair

September 05, 2014 to January 10, 2015

This exhibition brings together works and artifacts from the Peel family, which exist at the intersection of artistic and historic significance in London, Ontario, during the latter half of the nineteenth century.

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Wanderlust: The Life and Times of William Lees Judson

August 22, 2014 to December 06, 2014

The exhibition includes numerous works local collections, never before exhibited, as well as several loans from public and private collections in California.

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Margaret Watkins: Domestic Symphonies

May 16, 2014 to September 06, 2014

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Margaret Watkins is now regarded as one of Canada’s most important modernist photographers. This exhibition is the first retrospective to examine her career.

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Patrick Howlett: Part-Time Offerings

May 02, 2014 to August 16, 2014

The abstract images of Patrick Howlett are often small-scaled yet intense, works that can be appreciated for their individual formal merits and their playful invention.

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Abstraction to Abstraction: Patrick Thibert

April 18, 2014 to August 23, 2014

This exhibition explores the ongoing importance of abstraction in the work of Mount Brydges, Ontario-based sculptor Patrick Thibert, tracking important themes inspiring his practice for more than forty years.

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Inuit Ullumi: Inuit Today

January 25, 2014 to April 20, 2014

If the best contemporary art pushes boundaries, challenges expectations, and illuminates some aspect of the human condition, the recent wave of artwork from Canada’s North is a resoundingly powerful statement.

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Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape

January 17, 2014 to April 05, 2014

Landmark Canadian artifacts from the permanent collections of the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto are integrated with the work of contemporary Canadian artists.

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Jeff Willmore: Interpolating Landscape

December 20, 2013 to April 26, 2014

Steeped in the tradition of Canadian landscape painting, Willmore has long produced quick, plein air sketches on board, later transforming them into expansive studio paintings on scraped and gouged plywood panels.

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Hat Tricks: A History of Hats and Hat Makers

November 02, 2013 to January 19, 2014

This exhibition presents more than 100 years of hats in London, Ontario, showcasing a wide array of examples of this once staple clothing accessory.

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Colette Urban: Incognito

October 18, 2013 to January 04, 2014

This retrospective exhibition explores the costumes, props, identities and stories of pioneering performance artist Colette Urban.

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October 04, 2013 to December 18, 2014

In this exhibition of contemporary art, the form tales take and the way they are expressed is examined, engaging traditional conventions of storytelling as well as nonlinear forms of communication.

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L.O. Today

September 27, 2013 to December 14, 2013

This exhibition traces the production of seven artists, the majority of whom were born and raised in London, Ontario, who follow their own unique creative vision

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Kim Ondaatje

July 19, 2013 to October 05, 2013

This exhibition is the first large-scale, comprehensive, survey of the career of Kim Ondaatje, an artist, filmmaker and cultural advocate whose diverse efforts have impacted the art of this region and beyond.

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Bernice Vincent: Time and Travels

July 05, 2013 to September 28, 2013

This exhibition follows a retrospective thread, displaying an array of paintings, drawings and more sculptural works dating from the early 1970s to the present.

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The Schooling of a Lady

July 05, 2013 to September 21, 2013

This exhibition provides an intimate glimpse into several of these schools, exploring the question of what was considered an appropriate education for young women “above the working population.”

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Myfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again

April 19, 2013 to July 06, 2013

This exhibition traces the past fifteen years of the career of Myfanwy MacLeod, highlighting complex, irreverent works which bring into play a variety of themes and media.

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Iain Baxter: A Year at Labatt

April 12, 2013 to June 29, 2013

This exhibition traces a year in the life of artist Iain Baxter, during his tenure as Creative Consultant to Labatt Breweries president Sidney Oland, from 1982 to 1983.

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London's Hometown Brewery: The Labatt Story

April 12, 2013 to June 29, 2013

This exhibition tells the story of London’s long-time, historic brewery from humble beginnings as a business dream of Irish immigrant farmer John Kinder Labatt, who came to Upper Canada in 1833.

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London Works: Labouring in the Forest City

February 22, 2013 to September 13, 2013

Organized by students in the public history program at Western University, this selection of artifacts from the Museum’s collection examines the history of work in London.

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The Art of Work: A Student Exhibition

February 15, 2013 to June 01, 2013

Household chores, part-time jobs, parents’ jobs and future careers were the inspiration for a variety of artworks in all media.

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Wind Work, Wind Play: Weathervanes and Whirligigs

January 25, 2013 to April 06, 2013

This exhibition showcases over 30 pieces of wind-powered folk art from the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

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Under the Weather: An Inclement History of London

January 25, 2013 to April 06, 2013

Since London’s earliest days of settlement, a perfect storm of geography, climate and human activity have conspired to create a community long marked by severe and catastrophic weather events.

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Imaging Disaster

January 18, 2013 to March 30, 2013

This exhibition stages an encounter between historical and contemporary visions of environmental and social crisis.

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Stories of a War: A Personal 1812

November 23, 2012 to October 26, 2013

This exhibition presents stories and personal experiences of the War of 1812 in the London and Western Districts.

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Brave New Worlds

November 02, 2012 to January 19, 2013

A nod to Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel Brave New World, this contemporary group exhibition examines scenarios, both real and imagined, that critique the present and foreshadow the future for our planet.

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Bob Bozak: Realignment

November 02, 2012 to February 09, 2013

Realignment features a variety of new sculptures by well-known London artist Bob Bozak. Each work is inspired by and underscores the importance of automobile culture in North American life.

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Kim Adams: One for the Road

October 19, 2012 to January 05, 2013

This exhibition surveys Adams’ 30-year career as an inventor of strange new worlds.

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If the Sky Falls: The Heavens in Canadian Art

September 14, 2012 to January 25, 2013

Drawn from the Museum London vaults, this exhibition traces the long-held fascination Canadian artists have had with the sky and with weather.

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Breaking the Mould: H.B. Beal Secondary at 100

August 17, 2012 to January 19, 2013

"Beal," as the school is informally known, has consistently risen above the controversies that have occasionally plagued it to produce exceptionally talented, highly skilled graduates

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POLAROIDS: Attila Richard Lukacs and Michael Morris

July 20, 2012 to October 06, 2012

This exhibition showcases photographs by Vancouver-based painter Attila Richard Lukacs produced over the past 25 years as referents for paintings.

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Thelma Rosner: Homeland

July 06, 2012 to October 27, 2012

​As the works in this exhibition Homeland reveal, over the last decade the practice of London-based artist Thelma Rosner has moved quite literally to new territory.

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The Embassy Cultural House, 1983 to 1990

June 29, 2012 to October 06, 2012

With featured artworks and archival documentation, this retrospective exhibition endeavours to recapture some of the energy, enthusiasm and optimism the Embassy Cultural House.

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Wonderwall: A Cabinet of Curiosities

June 29, 2012 to February 16, 2013

A selection of curiosities representing both natural and human history from the Museum London collection.

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Arthur Heming: Chronicler of the North

April 20, 2012 to July 07, 2012

This retrospective exhibition examines the career of celebrated artist, author and illustrator Arthur Heming (1870-1940).

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Polar Shift

April 13, 2012 to July 07, 2012

The site of political, military, religious and, more recently, commercial colonization, Canada’s Arctic has long been a contested space.

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Canadian Artists as Illustrators

April 06, 2012 to July 21, 2012

Illustration in Canada began slowly, recording the geography and population of a fledgling country. As technologies improved, and as literacy grew, illustration flourished to meet a wide range of goals.

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The Drawing Board: London's Illustrators

March 30, 2012 to July 28, 2012

This exhibition includes print and lithography artifacts from the Museum's permanent collection, as well as original and reproduction magazine and commercial art.

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Irene Avaalaaqiaq: Myth and Reality

March 23, 2012 to June 30, 2012

Irene Avaalaaqiaq has enjoyed a distinguished thirty-year career as one of Canada’s most prominent Inuit artists and a leading member of the prolific artistic community of Baker Lake, Nunavut.

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Janice Gurney: Credits (extended)

March 23, 2012 to June 02, 2012

This installation by Toronto-based artist Janice Gurney features a series of 7 photographic panels arranged beneath a selection of works from the Museum's permanent collection.

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Larry Towell: Danger and Aftermath

January 20, 2012 to March 31, 2012

Danger and Aftermath is a salon-style installation of the latest photography by Larry Towell, a Bothwell-based photographer and the first Canadian member of the renowned cooperative Magnum Photos.

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Spic and Span: A Recent History of Being Clean

January 20, 2012 to June 11, 2011

By the turn of the 20th century, an extraordinary idea had taken hold across North America—that frequent bathing, perhaps even a daily bath, was good for one’s health.

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Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan

January 13, 2012 to April 07, 2012

The fear of bombs falling from the sky and landmines exploding from the earth is revealed in this exhibition.

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Front by Front

December 16, 2011 to March 17, 2012

The exhibition emphasizes the many “fronts” established in a battle.

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The Hospital on South Street

October 14, 2011 to January 07, 2012

This exhibition pays tribute to South Street Hospital, which continues to provide services after 136 years in operation.

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Victor Romão: Southwestern Gothic

October 07, 2011 to December 31, 2011

Through his monochromatic drawings, spare woodcut prints and figurative sculptures, Windsor, Ontario-based artist Victor Romao investigates issues of identity in distinctive ways.

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Barroco Nova: Neo-Baroque Moves in Contemporary Art

October 07, 2011 to December 31, 2011

This exhibition presents a range of work by contemporary artists who rely on exciting appeals to our senses as a means to comment on our remarkable and sometimes troubled times.

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Kim Moodie: All But Not

September 24, 2011 to December 11, 2011

Epics of visual speculative fiction, the drawings of London artist Kim Moodie seem to flow as streams, of dark yet humorous creativity, from an escape valve in the artist’s imagination.

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Gary Spearin: iNiFiNiTi

September 23, 2011 to March 17, 2012

This exhibition presents two new series of paintings by Forest, Ontario-based artist Gary Spearin.

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Paint by Numbers: Painters Eleven

September 10, 2011 to January 29, 2012

This exhibition studies the virtuosity of each of the group members' colourism, approach and media.

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July 15, 2011 to October 08, 2011

Views of the Canadian farm are featured in this selection of historical works from the Museum’s permanent collection.

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Garden Variety

July 15, 2011 to October 08, 2011

Gardens have always had a variety of associations, symbolizing an Edenic paradise, issues of labour, gender, and folklore, even modernist ideas of progress.

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Janet Morton: Tangled

July 15, 2011 to September 17, 2011

This exhibition offers a survey of works by the Guelph-based artist Janet Morton.

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Speed Demon

July 08, 2011 to September 24, 2011

Drawing upon the Italian Futurist manifesto “that the world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed” this exhibition is inspired by the ever quickening pace of contemporary life.

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Sighting Land

July 01, 2011 to September 17, 2011

This exhibition emphasizes the power and diversity of Canadian artists’ interpretations of the landscape.

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Step by Step

June 24, 2011 to October 15, 2011

In this exhibition, a diverse selection of work from the Museum’s permanent collection illustrates a variety of artistic processes, representing the changing nature of art-making over time.

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Dig In: Urban Farming During War and Peace

June 17, 2011 to September 09, 2011

Dig In offers a look back at the different ways Londoners and their neighbours relate to the earth around them.

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April 22, 2011 to July 09, 2011

This exhibition proposes a variety of ways that we can think about animals through representations.

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Tom Benner: Call of the Wild

April 15, 2011 to July 02, 2011

This exhibition features a selection of works that span the career of London artist Tom Benner. The works reflect on our relationship with the natural world and explore issues of threat and survival.

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Duncan de Kergommeaux: These are the Marks I Make

April 08, 2011 to June 25, 2011

This exhibition frames de Kergommeaux’s interest in process, form, and perception in his quest to understand the creative process.

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Ian Johnston: Swimming Upstream in the Comfort of: Homage to Yves Klein

April 01, 2011 to September 17, 2011

By employing scale, repetition and intense, enveloping colour, Johnston’s work transports viewers to a new sensorial experience.

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A World of Colour: A Student Exhibition

March 04, 2011 to June 04, 2011

This exhibition features a selection of student artworks that respond to Museum London’s permanent collection, exploring the power of colour in Canadian art.

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Colour Fields

February 04, 2011 to September 03, 2011

Colour Fields traces the ways in which artists have used colour provoke emotional reactions, explore issues of perception, or drive a narrative.

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Jack Chambers: the light from the darkness, silver paintings and film work

January 14, 2011 to April 02, 2011

Between 1966 and 1967, the late London artist Jack Chambers worked exclusively on paintings that were dramatically different from anything he had produced to date—graphic images made with aluminum paint.

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CUTOUT: Greg Curnoe, Shaped Collages 1965-68

January 01, 2011 to April 16, 2011

From 1965 to 1968, Greg Curnoe produced almost 50 shaped object-collage works, in series of repeated “face” elements and one-of-a-kind objects.

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It's Alive! Bertram Brooker and Vitalism

December 17, 2010 to April 02, 2011

It's Alive! explores Canadian artist Bertram Brooker’s search for a visual language capable of animating audiences by appealing to their physical desires.

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Heads Up, Hand Over: A Body of Work from the Museum London Collection

November 27, 2010 to March 11, 2011

This exhibition brings together studies and finished works that focus on parts of the body: hands, torsos, faces, and heads, in media ranging from drawing to photography, prints and sculpture.

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​What's Lost and What Remains

October 15, 2010 to January 15, 2011

This exhibition features 22 works by Canadian artists whose sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs convey a sense of abandonment, silence and ruin.

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Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier

October 15, 2010 to January 15, 2011

This exhibition explores the notion of the "Canadian frontier" as a site of myth production that stimulated multiple discourses, visual and textual, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Experimental Geography

October 08, 2010 to January 01, 2011

This exhibition explores the distinctions between geographical study and artistic experience of the earth, as well as the juncture where the two realms collide (and possibly make a new field altogether).

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Sara Graham: The London Series

September 24, 2010 to December 11, 2010

Graham's work blurs the boundaries between art, architecture, urban design and geography exploring concepts of authenticity and inauthenticity, materiality and intangibility, fact and fiction.

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Bill Vazan: Arizona and L.A. Graffiti

September 24, 2010 to March 25, 2011

For more than 40 years, Bill Vazan has used sculpture and photography to explore the human understanding of geography and cosmology.

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Natalka Husar: Burden of Innocence

July 23, 2010 to September 25, 2010

Natalka Husar takes her lifelong obsession with painting and with Ukraine, her ancestral home, into new territory and presents three interwoven narratives in the form of a history play in three acts.

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Krimiseries: Evidence, Narrative & the Forensic Imagination

June 25, 2010 to September 25, 2010

Krimiseries introduces a series of installations by international artists that offer ways of thinking about the nature of evidence, teasing open the space between signifier and signified.

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Patisserie Duchamp: Puis-je fumer?

June 25, 2010 to October 09, 2010

This installation on the topic of smoking, channelled through French-American artist Marcel Duchamp.

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Brenda Joy Lem: Homage to the Heart

June 18, 2010 to September 18, 2010

Homage to the Heart begins with an oral history from the artist's father and aunt recounting childhood memories of growing up in a Chinese hand laundry during the Depression.

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Kate Wilson: Botanical Model City

April 23, 2010 to September 18, 2010

Botanical Model City is a site-specific work created for Museum London's Centre Gallery by Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist Kate Wilson.

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Chisel and Gouge: The Graphic Work of Mackie Cryderman

April 16, 2010 to October 30, 2010

Organized from Museum London's collection, this exhibition surveys Cryderman's graphic works, for her greatest artistic achievements occurred as a printmaker.

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Eric Atkinson: Drawings 1944 - 2010

April 09, 2010 to June 19, 2010

This exhibition marks the first survey of Eric Atkinson's works on paper.

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Unsettled: The relationship between First Nations and London's early settlers

September 17, 2009 to January 20, 2011

Focusing closely on the day-to-day contact between Native and non-Native, as well as larger governmental/colonial interests, this exhibition will pick up the story where archaeology becomes history.

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A(l)lure of the Local

August 29, 2009 to September 04, 2010

This exhibition is drawn from the historical, modern and contemporary art collection of Museum London and loans from contemporary artists.

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