ROM Contemporary Culture

Following a 20-year history the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the ROM (ICC) is now one of the Museum’s eight Centres of Discovery and has a new name, ROM Contemporary Culture (RCC)

ROM Contemporary Culture is a catalyst that engages today’s leading creators and thinkers who challenge us to look at our world anew, show us historical linkages, and point us to future possibilities. I am excited to share content that will be engaging, surprising and, perhaps, a little unexpected.

Contemporary Culture is a broad area that offers many points of entry.  As an encyclopaedic museum of natural history and world culture, the ROM provides unique opportunities to intersect ideas across disciplines and time.

I look forward to building the RCC community together with ROM curators, colleagues, volunteers, and external partners to connect ideas, objects, and people as we consider our ever changing world and our connections to each other. 

I invite you to join us!

Ann Webb
Managing Director
ROM Contemporary Culture

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Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything exhibition at the ROM, January 31 to April 26, 2015


What's New

Category: Exhibition

The Royal Ontario Museum and The Institute for Contemporary Culture at the ROM celebrate the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto with the display of AIDS, a sculpture by the Canadian art collective General Idea. Created in 1989 and inspired by Robert Indiana's 1970 LOVE sculpture, it is an artifact from a time in Canada when AIDS dominated the headlines. It is a poignant reminder that the disease remains a concern today in Canada and in many other parts of the world.

Category: Exhibition

The interiors of the ROM’s lobby are the canvas for Canadian artist Charles Pachter’s imaginative digital presentation.

Pachter, described as a “Northern Warhol,” uses images of Canadian icons to create quirky, humourous and poignant multimedia installations. From the moose to the maple leaf, the Queen to the butter tart, Pachter recreates common objects into visual poems, examining them as pop art symbols of post-colonial contemporary Canadian art.

Category: Exhibition

This unprecedented view of one of the world’s most dynamic cities examines Shanghai as a laboratory for 21st-century urban creation. Leading artists, architects and fashion designers provide an insider's view of the high-speed, high-density, high-rise culture that is rapidly emerging in China's largest city.