Previous Exhibitions

2016

Cultural revolution poster
June to September
Highlights will include a selection of rare propaganda posters from the seminal phase of the Cultural Revolution.
 
Shakespeare First Folio
January to May
The year 2016 marks four hundred years since the death of William Shakespeare. To honour this milestone, this exhibition will explore how Shakespeare's works shaped ideas of the world beyond England.
 

2015

Image for modern Czech book design exhibition
September to December
Features books and journals published from the turn of the nineteenth century to the late 1940s with examples ranging from the beautiful bibliophile movement to works by avant-garde artists and writers centered around the literary association Devětsil.
 
Image for Aviation exhibition
May to September
This exhibition explores how aviation touched the University of Toronto and the city itself in the closing years of the Great War and the 1920s.
 
Image for Judaic exhibition
January to May
This exhibition will feature items that were produced every century from the 10th to the 21st, including biblical manuscripts, works of Jewish law and liturgy, incunabula, rare Constantinople imprints, and much more.
 

2014

Cover of Antwerp by Ford Maddox Ford
September to December
This exhibition focuses on the words and images of those who served in the Great War – individuals like Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and Erich Maria Remarque; but also on that of writers born decades after 1918.
 
Image from De humani fabrica
May to August
We are commemorating the five-hundreth anniversary of the birth of one of the great figures in the history of medicine, Andreas Vesalius. His monumental De humani corporis fabrica is celebrated for its splendid woodcuts that introduced art into anatomy.
 
Varsity supplement from 1916
January to May
This exhibition draws on the extensive and diverse holdings relating to the War effort in the University of Toronto Archives, the wider University library system, and elsewhere on campus.
 

2013

George Barbier image
September to December
This is the first major exhibition in North America on George Barbier, one of the great French illustrators of the early 20th century.
 
Circus Shanty Bay
May to September
Showcases some of the finest examples of the book-making craft in Canada from the country's leading small and fine press publishers.
 
Coming Race
January to May
Showcases a selection of utopian and dystopian visions ranging from Plato’s Republic to Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis, to H. G. Wells War of the Worlds and Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale
 

2012

Keller's Continental Review cover
October to December
Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the G.G. Awards
 
Image of book cover
October to December
Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the G.G. Awards
 
How Does My Garden Grow: The Education of a Gardener
April to September
An exhibition of British and Canadian works on horticulture.
 

2011

Derek Walcott sketch
October to April
This exhibition highlights a broad selection of original archival material from the Fisher's Derek Walcott Papers, from O Babylon! to Omeros, as well as other aspects of his life and work, including his painting and drawing.
 
Title page to the manuscript Asia EXtrema
July to September
This exhibition features books donated over a couple of decades by Ralph Stanton, including Portuguese and French literature.
 

2010

Book cover for Ukranian exhibition
October to January
This exhibition drew upon the Fisher Library's collections of Ucrainica - books, maps, documents, photographs, etc. - to situate Ukraine, to illustrate the diversity of its peoples, and to show the depth of Ukrainian political activity abroad.
Image for Chinese rare book exhibition
May to September
The exhibition highlighted the finest part of the Mu Collection, a major and significant Chinese rare book collection in North America that contains about 2,300 titles and 40,000 volumes, spanning the period from the Song Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty.
Hollar image for exhibition
January to April
The Fisher Library's outstanding collection of prints and book illustrations by printmaker Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) is highlighted in this exhibit, curated by Anne Thackeray.

2009

Portrait of Charles Darwin
September to December
This exhibition of books and manuscripts celebrates the accomplishments of Darwin’s rare and inquisitive mind.
Portrait of John Calvin
May to September
As this exhibition demonstrates, John Calvin's life and legacy can be told through books. Books shaped him and his age, and in the end he and his followers used the medium of print to bring about one of the greatest revolutions the world has ever known.
Tower Books by Werner Pfeiffer
January to May
This exhibition, the first travelling exhibit of the artist books and book-objects of Werner Pfeiffer, features 39 objects made by Pfeiffer using real books. The intention is to comment on censorship and to provoke reactions from his audience.

2008

Canada in Khaki poster for Where Duty Leads
September to January
This is an exhibition about the men and women who answered their country's call when war was declared in August 1914. It brings together a range of material that highlight different aspects of this response.
Photo of writer Jane Rule
June to August
This exhibition includes poetry, fiction, drama, 'zines, photos, and artwork, celebrating a rich history across the twentieth and into the twenty-first centuries.
Image of Satre's book
January to April
This exhibition brings together the concerted practical efforts of two philosophers, John Slater and Michael Walsh.

2007

Bruce Rogers Broadside
September to December
Bruce Rogers (1870-1957) designed about five hundred books between 1892 and 1957. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his death, the exhibition presented not only Rogers’ prized ‘Thirty’, but a selection of his other works.
David Thompson sketch
May to August
This celebration of the remarkable achievements of Canadian explorer, trader and cartographer David Thompson (1770-1857) forms part of the North American David Thompson Bicentennials initiative.
Image from Hopeful Travellers exhibition
January to April
This exhibition is about travellers, and the exhibits are for the most part accounts of their travels. There are few restrictions: the journeys will be to anywhere in the world, at any time from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries.

2006

Cover of Extra muros/intra muros exhibition catalogue
September to December
This is the first time we have attempted a joint, collaborative exhibition to display in one venue a selection of the treasures throughout the whole university.