Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Exhibit: Misled By Nature At MOCCA!

Last weekend I visited the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) for the first time. I have been walking by the museum for years and always enjoyed the large painted murals outside the building, but I heard about their newest exhibition Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, and I had to stop in and take a look.
 
MOCCA exhibit: Misled By Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque. Mural outside: Postive Mental Attitude by Maya Hayuk, 2013 Art Exhibit Culture Toronto Blogger Melanie.Ps The Purple Scarf
Mural Outside- Positive Mental Attitude (P.M.A.) by Maya Hayuk, 2013
MOCCA exhibit: Misled By Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque. Mural outside: Postive Mental Attitude by Maya Hayuk, 2013 Art Exhibit Culture Toronto Blogger Melanie.Ps The Purple Scarf

The title of the exhibit was taken from a 17th century art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann, who once criticized Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini as having been "misled by nature" in his ornate sculptures. Misled by Nature has had some criticism as well. Some art critics felt that not all the works within the exhibition fit with the Baroque theme. By no means am I an art connoisseur, but I was in awe of the large installations and beautiful paintings and works included in this very interesting and thought provoking exhibit.

MOCCA Exhibit: Misled By Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque. Embracing Oblivion and Ruin Becomes The Only Way To Live by Tricia Middleton, 2012 Art Exhibit Culture Toronto Blogger Melanie.Ps The Purple Scarf
Embracing Oblivion and Ruin Becomes The Only Way To Live by Tricia Middleton, 2012
MOCCA Exhibit: Misled By Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque. Embracing Oblivion and Ruin Becomes The Only Way To Live by Tricia Middleton, 2012 Art Exhibit Culture Toronto Blogger Melanie.Ps The Purple Scarf
 Embracing Oblivion and Ruin Becomes The Only Way To Live by Tricia Middleton, 2012 (detail)
MOCCA Exhibit: Misled By Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque. Embracing Oblivion and Ruin Becomes The Only Way To Live by Tricia Middleton, 2012 Art Exhibit Culture Toronto Blogger Melanie.Ps The Purple Scarf
Embracing Oblivion and Ruin Becomes The Only Way To Live by Tricia Middleton, 2012 (detail)
MOCCA Exhibit: Misled By Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque. After Bruno Taut by Lee Bul, 2008 Art Culture Toronto Blogger Melanie.Ps The Purple Scarf
 After Bruno Taut by Lee Bul, 2008
 Misled By Nature was organized by The National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta, in collaboration with MOCCA. Although the exhibit is small, the large installations make up for it. It's hard to pick a favourite piece, but my 6 year old niece loved The Holes by David Altmedj, 2008. Misled By Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque runs until April 6, 2014. For more information please visit www.mocca.ca.

MOCCA Exhibit: Misled By Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque. The Holes by David Altmejd, 2008 Art Culture Toronto Blogger Melanie.Ps The Purple Scarf
The Holes by David Altmejd, 2008
MOCCA Exhibit: Misled By Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque. The Holes by David Altmejd, 2008 Art Culture Toronto Blogger Melanie.Ps The Purple Scarf
The Holes by David Altmejd, 2008 (detail)
MOCCA Exhibit: Misled By Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque. The Holes by David Altmejd, 2008 Art Culture Toronto Blogger Melanie.Ps The Purple Scarf
The Holes by David Altmejd, 2008 (detail)
MOCCA Exhibit: Misled By Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque. Mr. and Mrs. Andrews Without Their Heads by Yinka Shonibare, 1998 Art Culture Toronto Blogger Melanie.Ps The Purple Scarf
Mr. and Mrs. Andrews Without Their Heads by Yinka Shonibare, 1998
P.s!: Admission is free, made possible by the RBC Foundation. There is also free public tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.

P.s,
Melanie!

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