ROM World Art & Culture

The ROM is home to one of the world’s most extensive and eclectic collections of art and other cultural and historical objects. The scale of our collection is enormous, with tens of thousands of artifacts representing the entire sweep of human history. As the product of human invention, the fine arts and design in various media, popular arts, functional objects and the built environment are a direct extension of human thought and experience, shaping and reflecting historical and cultural identities. ROM research examines the complex and fascinating histories of different times and places, and to relate these explorations to our contemporary experience.

ROM World Art & Culture explores millennia of visual arts and material culture.

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Dale Chihuly, Persian Ceiling, 2012, 25 x 15’ Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, installed 2013. Copyright 2012 Chihuly Studio. All rights reserved.


Celebrate the opening of Chihuly with Canadian glass artists as they explore the history of the medium in Canada. Their conversation will include an introduction to the wide-ranging impact that Sheridan College has had on the Canadian glass and art world.

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Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art is an exhibition in the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) coming from Museé du quai Branly, Paris. It explores 5000 years of tattoo tradition around the world. The traditional and contemporary tattoos of Japan are featured prominently in their own section of the exhibition. This article introduces several tattoo images, some of which are not covered in the exhibition.

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