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.
The six-foot, graffiti-covered sculpture is on display on the ROM Plaza, at the southwest corner of Bloor Street West and Queen's Park.
Presentation of the AIDS sculpture by General Idea at the Royal Ontario Museum (from August 12 to October 1) is supported by the ROM and TD Canada Trust, Official Bank and supporter of AIDS 2006, the XVI International AIDS Conference. The Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) at the ROM is supporting the Cultural Activities Programme of the XVI International AIDS Conference.
The Institute for Contemporary Culture at the ROM thanks AA Bronson for the loan of this work.