Get your culture fix at one of these fresh global exhibits.

TORONTO

Heart of Glass

Dale Chihuly has spent the last 50 years perfecting his glass creations. From large-scale installations to smaller sculptural pieces, the American artist shapes his fragile medium into mind-bending shapes that often take on the texture of nature’s elements. This fall, the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall has been transformed by Chihuly’s vibrant art, both new—some pieces designed specifically for the ROM—and old, like Persian Ceilings, the artist’s most recognizable large-scale work, which was completed in 2012. Astonishing and humbling, Chihuly is an immersive exhibit that encourages visitors to walk through, and be at one with the intricate glass works.


Chihuly runs until January 2, 2017 at the ROM in Toronto.

VANCOUVER

Gotta Catch ’Em All

There’s a collection and then there’s an obsession. The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is profiling 20 local collectors with a wall-to-wall display of each individual’s weird and wonderful obsession. “This exhibition enables visitors to enter into the rich, often-unknown worlds of collectors,” says Viviane Gosselin, curator of contemporary culture at the MOV. And with a spotlight on people like Melanie Talkington, who owns the world’s largest collection of 19th-century corsets, and David Moe, whose fascination with medical technology prompted him to begin gathering vintage artificial limbs, there’s no shortage of discovery at this latest exhibit. “Private collections can affect our understanding of the past. In this way, the exhibit reminds us of the importance of collectors as memory keepers,” says Gosselin.

All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds runs until January 8, 2017 at MOV in Vancouver.

LONDON

Russia Touches Down in London

When it comes to the global fashion scene, Russia has always been the bridesmaid and never really the bride. The Victoria & Albert museum in London will partner with Russia’s Tretyakov Gallery and Vogue Russia to shine light on the oft-overlooked influence of Russia on contemporary fashion. “Russia has never itself been a power in world fashion, but it has often had the power to influence world fashion,” says Anita Gigovskaya, president of Conde Nast Russia. The upcoming exhibition will reveal Russia’s mysteriously stylish cultural history through film, fine art, and photography, highlighting fashion from designers like Bakst, Paul Poiret, and Jean Paul Gaultier.

The V&A partnership with Moscow’s Tretyakov State and Gallery Vogue Russia opens in London in 2020.

MONTREAL

Walk the Line

Printmaking pioneer Toulouse-Lautrec was the original poster child. His lithography techniques revolutionized Parisian design at the turn of the 19th century. And now, 100 original prints by the French artist—some never seen before—are on display in Montreal. The bold colours and playful shapes on his posters perfectly reflected the vibrant world of Paris’ cabaret scene in the 1890s—think Moulin Rouge—and remain relevant today.

Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque runs until October 30 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.