Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Indoor stroll at the Gardiner Museum

Beauty is inside, literally
We craved the white stuff until today (Dec. 29, as I'm writing this post), forgetting that in urban settings, it always turns into wet grey stuff! I strongly suggest a visit to the Gardiner Museum to prevent the blues or cabin fever and enjoy the clever current exhibition, which is on until January 10, 2016.

While I make a good case to encourage families to visit it to enjoy the 12 Trees of Christmas offered until January 3 (visit this page for a photo gallery), the elegant museum is fantastic for savvy art lovers.

The Rise and Fall of Civilization, an installation by artist Kent Monkman, is equally brilliant and whimsical, the more you look at it. Referencing the near extinction of the American bison, it features Miss Chief (the artist's sexy alter ego) overlooking bison jumping off a cliff. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll leave you with these, and a few photos of the rest of the collections.

Monkman's exhibition goes on until January 10, 2016.
(Holiday opening hours: Closed on January 1st, opens daily at 10 a.m., closes at 6 p.m on Dec. 29 & 30, at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31, then at 5 p.m. on weekends, at 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and at 9 p.m. on Fridays. Note that admission is half-price on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

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