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Chronicles of Riches:
Treasures from the Bata Shoe Museum

Opened January 18, 2007 and on display until February 2009

About the Exhibition

In museums around the world, treasured objects are collected, cared for and preserved, but the artifact storage areas are never seen by the public. This exhibition takes a new approach: by transforming the gallery into a representation of the Museum's storage vaults, Chronicles of Riches causes visitors to imagine themselves 'behind the scenes', enjoying a rare view of the multitude of exceptional artifacts held in the collection.

From Napoleon's black silk socks worn while he lingered in exile on St. Helena to shoes of bear fur and silk worn by an ancient Japanese samurai, each of the artifacts in Chronicles of Riches has been hand-selected for the history it reveals and the tale it tells.

Media Information

Bata Announces Chronicles of Riches
December 1, 2006
(Adobe PDF file, 800K)

Stolen Golden Footwear Back on Display January 18
January 7, 2007
(Adobe PDF file, 800K)

Curator's Picks
Four items from the exhibition with detailed descriptions
(Adobe PDF file, 3.3 Mb, 4 pages, prints onto letter-sized (8 1/2 x 11") paper.)

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Our Thanks to

Exhibition Sponsors


Opening Reception Sponsors

Acqua San Benedetto
Belvedere Vodka


Images of the gallery and selected artifacts are viewable in the EXHIBITIONS section.

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Media contact
Rosmarie Gadzovski, Marketing and Public Relations Manager
416.979.7799 x225