Voltaire liked to recognize, “His majesty, Chance.” Current-day historians tend to attribute to it all its importance. The long-dominant idea of destiny, favourable or not, in the tide of humanity, under the influence of divine will or material forces at work, has lost its popularity. We like to enumerate the many, often picturesque, situations in which contingency, bringing the crucial consequences of minor, sometimes minuscule chances, played a major role in all human fields of activity, in war and in peace, in politics, science, even the economy.
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In the film Queen Margot, Catherine de Médicis is depicted as one of the main instigators of the massacre of Protestants at the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. Others saw her as a woman of power supporting her sons, the last descendants of the Valois dynasty. She was also, in her time, a great patron of the arts. This lecture will try to reconcile the three contradictory images of this rich and complex historical figure.
"This exhibition is intended to be a visual exploration and a celebration of what represents the sensitive reality of my environment in 2016.
Cage Call 25 is a retrospective exhibition of the most in-depth photographic study of hard rock mining communities ever produced in Canada. Created by photographer Louie Palu, the monumental project was undertaken between 1991-2005 in Northern Quebec and Ontario. Since then work has been published, collected and exhibited worldwide.
Sea monsters, invented islands, and uncharted lands - discover the unexpected beauty of maps and atlases from the 16th to the 19th century. The Art of Cartography features world maps, atlases, sea charts, celestial maps, city plans and other cartographic curiosities from Toronto Public Library's Special Collections.
Guided tours every Tuesday at 2 p.m. PLUS - Join us for fascinating talks on miniature maps and the art of map-making today.
The BSM is opening early to be part of Open Streets TORONTO this year! While you explore the city by foot, be sure to make your way over to us and enjoy PayWhatYouCan admission to the museum. In addition to exploring our 4 cool galleries, kids can also paint a clog and play hopscotch in our outdoor hub!
Roman Toi is a conductor, composer and keeper of Estonian heritage in Canada. He celebrated his 100th birthday on June 18th, 2016. This exhibition was created in collaboration with the Estonian Theatre and Music Museum.
Drawings by J. Joel
Two Heads Are Better Than One reflects the lighter side of life. It explores companionship, friendship and support. It offers the viewer action and strength without the need for violence.
Continuing to July 6