As the ROM prepares to celebrate its Centennial beginning this March, I have been reflecting on the year that’s just passed and all the inspiring activity that’s taken place at the Museum. The highlights for me from the past 12 months include opening our critically acclaimed Mesopotamia: Inventing our World exhibition, unveiling the stunning Wildlife Photographer of the Year show (on until March 23 in case you haven’t seen it yet), sharing the breathtaking photography of artist Sebastião Salgado, and the Carbon 14: Climate is Culture exhibition presented in partnership with Cape Farewell.
The year ahead will be an exciting one as we celebrate the ROM’s Centennial, beginning March 19 with new exhibitions, events, programs, and so much more. Our ROM Revealed weekend on May 3 and 4 will give you a chance to go behind-the-scenes at the Museum and access our collections, curatorial centres, and meet our curators and experts. I hope you’ll plan to join us! Plus, don’t miss the chance to share your favourite Museum story, photo, or video on our ROM ReCollects site.
The ROM is also publishing a commemorative Centennial book this year in partnership with The Walrus. Entitled Every Object Has A Story, it will feature many of Canada’s most celebrated authors talking about their favourite ROM objects and why they love them. This unique collection includes writings by Robert Bateman, Joseph Boyden, Dionne Brand, Chris Hadfield, Margaret MacMillan, and Deepa Mehta, and will be available this April at the ROM Museum Store and bookstores across Canada.
But 2014 is not just about our Centennial: the ROM is proud to launch the spectacular Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors exhibition, presented by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation and Lead Sponsor Manulife Foundation. Thanks to a unique collaboration between the ROM and the Palace Museum in Beijing, the ROM will be featuring rare and invaluable objects never before seen outside of China. The exhibition opens March 8 for a limited run. You will not want to miss it.
I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the ROM during our many Centennial celebrations.
Director and CEO