The ROM’s modern digs
The Toronto museum's new Gallery of Modern Design
It’s hard to believe that the Royal Ontario Museum’s crystal-addition was completed nine years ago. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the now well-known building consists of five glass-and-metal-clad sections reminiscent of crystals. The edgy extension was a huge departure in style for the 104-year-old institution and, now again, the Toronto museum is going contemporary. In December, the ROM opened the Gallery of Modern Design, which is dedicated to six design movements from 1910 to 1965; 20th-century furniture, glassware, ceramics, silver and other metalwork from Europe and North America are on view. Although the ROM is best known for ancient objects, the design gallery has been planned for years. “I thought that we had a moral obligation as an educational institution to continue the presentation that we’ve got from 1900 to at least 1965, so that these works are out on permanent view,” said Robert Little, the gallery’s curator. “There was no other place where people could go to see Mies van der Rohe or Frank Lloyd Wright or [Émile-Jacques] Ruhlmann or all of these other great artists. Seeing as we’ve got these pieces, we have to share them with people.” General admission: adults $20; kids four to 14 $14. rom.on.ca.
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