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Barbarians

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Barbarians

160 queen street west
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3H3
Canada
August 1st, 2013 - September 30th, 2013
Opening: September 21st, 2013 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.campbellhousemuseum.ca
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Downtown / University
EMAIL:  
info@campbellhousemuseum.ca
PHONE:  
416-597-0227
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m;. Saturday, 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. ;Sundays, 12 to 4:30,p.m
TAGS:  
sculpture

DESCRIPTION

Barbarians is a series of five sculptures installed throughout the grounds of the historic Campbell House in downtown Toronto. The contrast between the 19th-century architecture and the 21st-century contemporary art is mediated here by the classicism of both. Valentine’s sculptures are inspired by the mythical creatures of ancient Greece and Rome – Minotaur, Cerberus, Persephone, &c. Similarly, Campbell House, Toronto’s finest example of late Georgian Palladian style, evokes the classical temple architecture of the ancient Mediterranean. The exhibition raises questions about the collapse and rebirth of civilizations; about creative destruction; and whether the new replaces the old, or the old is the hidden engine of the new.