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July 2, 2008
Treasures from the City of Toronto’s Collections at the Market Gallery
Art & Artefact: Fine and Decorative Art from the City of Toronto’s Collections opens at the Market Gallery on July 12 and runs through to October 19. This exhibition showcases rarely seen fine and decorative art from the City of Toronto Fine Art Collection and the Museum and Heritage Services Collection. The display focuses on pairings of paintings and objects that portray complementary themes, events, trends and phenomena all relevant to the city’s character, past and present.

Drawing on the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century strength of the City’s holdings, the exhibition highlights relationships between the paintings (by artists such as William Brymner, Clara-Sophia Hagarty and Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith) and artefacts found in the City’s collections, including The Eaton Collection. In some cases, a secondary object depicted in a portrait is highlighted by displaying the very object from the painting beside the actual portrait. In other cases, an early-twentieth century landscape by a Toronto artist is tied to a narrative of war and Canadian nationalism. The exhibition also illustrates the depth and richness of the City of Toronto’s fine and decorative art collections and showcases many important pieces, often for the first time.

Guest curator Neil Brochu has pursued an interest in fine and decorative art as they relate to local history through a variety of research and collections based projects. Art & Artefact: Fine and Decorative Art from the City of Toronto’s Collection is the culmination of his work over the past several years cataloguing and studying works in the City’s Fine Art Collection and the Museum and Heritage Services Historical Collection.

The Market Gallery is a program of Toronto Culture and presents changing exhibitions dedicated to Toronto’s art, culture and heritage. Located in Toronto’s oldest neighbourhood, the main gallery occupies the nineteenth-century city council chamber, which is all that remains of the City Hall that stood on this site from 1845-1899. The gallery offers educational programs for school groups and adults.

Admission is free. The Market Gallery is located on the second floor of the South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed on Sundays.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Pamela Wachna, Co-ordinator of Collections and Outreach, 416-392-7604,



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