Exhibitions

Dragons on the Tibetan Plateau: Selected Textiles from the Mactaggart Art Collection

Tibetan textiles in Dragons on the Tibetan Plateau include robes and textiles made of Chinese silks and decorated with variations on Chinese dragon patterns. The textiles in this exhibition feature dragons with claws, horns, tails, and in a variety of colours, and they were produced using different weaving and embroidery techniques.

All textiles featured in this exhibition are from the University of Alberta Museums’ Mactaggart Art Collection. Edmonton philanthropists Drs. Sandy and Cécile Mactaggart, generously began donating their collection to the University of Alberta in 2005. The Mactaggart Art Collection contains more than 1,000 works of art, textiles, handscrolls, albums, and more from ancient and modern East Asia.

Group Visits

If you have a group of 10+ individuals that would like to visit the exhibition, please contact Jill Horbay at horbay@ualberta.ca or 780.492.3802 to make arrangements.

Exhibition Credits

Accessibility

Exhibition Credits

Dragon Image - Dragons on the Tibetan Plateau

Exhibition Accessibility

Upcoming Programs

Make Your Own: Tapestry Weave

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 1:00pm to 3:30pm (drop-in)
Location: University of Alberta Museums Gallery A  (University of Alberta North Campus, TELUS International Centre - 87th Avenue and 111th Street NW, Edmonton, AB)

Admission is free.

Explore the ancient technique of tapestry weaving with this all-ages hands-on workshop. This 90-minute drop-in style activity will see you learn the basic process of weaving at your pace, with the option of creating your own simple woven wall-hanging to take home. Afterwards, visit Dragons on the Tibetan Plateau in UAlberta Museums Gallery A to see examples of more complex tapestry weaving and other textile production techniques.


Past Programs

Opening Reception: Dragons on the Tibetan Plateau

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm (program at 5:30pm)
Location: University of Alberta Museums Gallery A  (University of Alberta North Campus, TELUS International Centre - 87th Avenue and 111th Street NW, Edmonton, AB)

Admission is free.

With never-before-seen textiles from the Mactaggart Art Collection, Dragons on the Tibetan Plateau focuses on the variations of dragon pattern designs and the textile production techniques found through selected objects from Tibet between the 16th and 18th centuries.


Dragons on the Tibetan Plateau: Curators Tour (English and Mandarin)

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm

  • English Tour: 12:00pm to 12:30pm
  • Mandarin Tour: 12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: University of Alberta Museums Gallery A (University of Alberta North Campus, TELUS International Centre - 87th Avenue and 111th Street NW, Edmonton, AB)

Admission is free.

Tour the latest exhibition from the University of Alberta Museums with Dr. Isabel (Pi-fen) Chueh, curator of the Mactaggart Art Collection and Dragons on the Tibetan Plateau. Explore some of the featured textiles in-depth, ask questions about the exhibition, learn more about the Mactaggart Art Collection, and more.

Each tour is limited to 15 people – please RSVP to guarantee a spot. Once the RSVP list has reached capacity, guests will be notified and placed on a waitlist. Should spots open up, guests will be contacted as they appear on the waitlist until available spots are filled. Please contact UAlberta Museums (museums@ualberta.ca or 780.492.5834) if you RSVP'd and are unable to attend.