Past Temporary Exhibitions at Pier 21

Revolutionizing Cultural Identity

Revolutionizing Cultural Identity: Photography and the Changing Face of Immigration

Who am I? Where do I come from? Where do I belong? are just some of the questions presented in the 2011 summer temporary exhibition, Revolutionizing Cultural Identity: Photography and the Changing Face of Immigration. This exhibition is curated by Claude Baillargeon and presented in partnership with the Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, Michigan.


Norton Wait and Bunty Noble, skaters performing at Glencoe Club, Calgary, Alberta, ca.1930 Credit: Glenbow Archives, Calgary, NA-3852-7

Lace Up! Canada’s Passion for Skating
January 15 to March 27, 2011

This exhibition explores the history and importance of skating in Canada and gives a glimpse of three major ice sports: figure skating, speed skating and hockey.This exhibit was produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization.


Hungry Planet

Hungry Planet: May 15 to September 6, 2010

A photographic exhibition, it features the eating habits of 25 families from 21 countries around the globe and is based on the book titled Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, written by Faith D’Aluisio with photos by Peter Menzel. Hungry Planet is produced by the Montréal Science Centre.


Food for Health

Food for Health: May 15 to September 6, 2010

A bilingual exhibition which takes a fresh look at concerns and questions many Canadians have about the role food plays in ensuring good health. Food for Health is presented by the Canada Agriculture Museum and by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, in partnership with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Health Canada and the Canadian Partnership of Consumer Food Safety Education


Multicultural Paris / Paris la Métisse: April 3 to 21

Multicultural Paris / Paris la Métisse Travelling exhibition Multicultural Paris / Paris la Métisse. Paris has always been a cosmopolitan city and its current richness comes from all the foreign influences which stood out as landmarks in its whole history. The exhibition underlines Parisian cultural diversity through contemporary black and white pictures. Multicultural Paris / Paris la Métisse was created by authors/photographers Florence Batarière and Morgan Haël Jypsian.


Bridges That Unite October 4 to November 4

BridgesThatUniteBridges That Unite, a bilingual travelling exhibition, invites visitors to consider Canada’s global leadership role through the lens of a 25-year partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Built on a set of common values, such as pluralism, democracy and peace, this unique partnership is replacing walls that divide the developed and developing worlds with bridges that unite us.


Frontier College: 110 Years - October 1 – November 2

Frontier CollegeThe travelling exhibition, Frontier College: 110 Years, celebrates over a century of literacy for all Canadians. Visitors will discover its rich history filled with stories of Labourer-Teachers working alongside their fellow labourers in mines, lumber camps, railway camps and other remote locations.


Canoe Exhibition

The Canoe: A Canadian Cultural Icon March 14 to September 6, 2009

Explore the enduring significance of the canoe to the people of Canada. This exhibit looks at how the history, culture, society and economy of Canada are intertwined with the unique qualities of the canoe.


Canada West

Acres of Dreams: Settling the Canadian Prairies March 16 to September 7, 2009

Revisit the experiences of settlers who were drawn to the Canadian West at the turn of the 20th century by a series of unprecedented marketing campaigns led by the federal government.


Democracy 250 Pavilion September 26 to November 18

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of parliamentary democracy in Canada with us at the Democracy 250 Pavilion in the Ralph and Rose Chiodo Harbourside Gallery.


Asahi: Levelling the Playing Field

April 2 to October 2, 2008

Glimpse into the lives of the players, families and fans of the Japanese Canadian Baseball team that competed in the Vancouver Senior League from 1914 until the team was banished into WWII internment camps in 1941.

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Una Casetta in Canada June 24 to September 2, 2008

Una Casetta in Canada celebrates the story of Ralph and Rose Chiodo and the stories of four other inspiring immigrants who came to Canada to realize their dreams and build a new home. Download the Poster (PDF 700KB)

Language of Cloth

April 2 to May 1, 2008

Textile artist, Naoko Furue presents a compilation of her artwork, dating from 1986 to the present. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Furue immigrated to Canada in 1971. Her work encompasses her Japanese heritage and personal experiences while it explores the language of cloth through aesthetic and philosophical inquiries. Download the Poster (PDF 640KB)


Nowhere to go, and no one seemed to care

October 29 to November 8, 2007

Thomas Delohery’s first North American exhibit showcases a number of his original mixed media works that concentrate on the themes of the Holocaust. Presented in partnership with the Holocaust Education Week Committee. Download Poster (PDF 370KB)


Open Hearts- Closed Doors

September 26 to November 21, 2007

Between 1947 and 1949 1,123 Jewish children, orphaned by the Holocaust, arrived in Canada through the War Orphans Project. Open Hearts – Closed Doors tells their story. Produced by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. Download Poster (PDF 602MB)