Two more galleries to open in the ROM

The dramatic addition to the Royal Ontario Museum continues to dazzle with two
new gallery openings on the third level of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal on February
16.

The Wirth Gallery of the Middle East will explore the region’s cultural
and technological contributions civilization. The exhibit will include more
than 1,000 artifacts from the current day regions of Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran,
Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank, Syria Turkey and Yemen.

Assistant curator of Material Culture of Islam, Krzysztof Ciuf, said the goal
was to show the varied history and influence of these lands.

“Our approach is essentially a thematic one, highlighting a number of
fundamental themes, from economic to artistic to spiritual, to examine the diverse
peoples and culture of the Middle East,” Ciuk said.

The varied cultures of South Asia will also be explored as the ROM reopens
the Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery in its new home in the Crystal.

“This gallery is uniquely Canadian,” Sir Christopher Ondaatje said.
“While conflict exists in many parts of the world, here in Canada we have
created a tremendously diverse South Asian gallery.”

The artifacts in the gallery span over 5,000 years and include religious objects
and sculpture, decorative arts, arms and armour, miniature paintings and textiles.

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