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VoCA Rumour…

VoCA is very sad about a rumour that we hope isn’t true.


One of Canada’s finest curators – if not the finest – has, apparently decided to focus her energies on curating in Europe, saying that it’s too expensive to maintain her eponymous foundation and to keep collecting.

We can only hope that she continues to curate in this country, and that she changes her mind.

Visit now (Saturdays only or by appointment) before it’s too late at 778 King St. West Toronto. Phone: (416) 413-9400.

5 Responses to “VoCA Rumour…”

  1. Alex M. says:

    What was the last show she curated? I can’t remember.
    Her space down on King Street was always so mysterious to me. I can only remember a huge Boltanski installation that really excited me at the time. She seems like the Axel Rose of Canadian curating.

  2. Andrea says:

    The last one I saw had the Gucci heels and Joan Crawford’s charm bracelets, and the Punch and Judy puppets. It was absolutely brilliant.

    Did you see the one with Maurizio Cattelan’s small, child-like, kneeling statue of Hitler? That was spectacular curating.

  3. Craig says:

    Hey Andrea, I saw the Maurizio Cattelan Hitler installed at the YHF, too, and again at the Pompidou this past summer. I thought it was so exciting to see the work in both contexts and realized at the time that Ydessa’s Foundation was truly a curatorial treasure doing fantastic programming on an international level.

    Anyway, I heard the same rumour in early October. I was surprised to hear it but my source is reliable. Please investigate and let us all know that we have nothing to worry about.

  4. Bill says:

    What a loss this will be to Toronto! I was always amazed by the objects and art works she combined in her exhibitions – where else are you going to see Thomas Schutte sculptures AND Joan Crawford’s charm bracelets in one exhibit? I was often like “Wow! It’s really great that such things are here in Toronto.” I will never forget the teddy bear exhibition from a couple of years ago.

  5. LZG says:

    Canada has participants of art but much fewer patrons. It’s sad to see an original, such as she, go because art may be unsustainable here.

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