With a far-reaching influence on cultures around the world, the horse is associated with almost every aspect of the human experience, including transportation, trade, agriculture, war, industry, spirituality, art and sports.
Making its Canadian premiere at the Canadian Museum of Civilization tomorrow, the museum’s latest exhibit, The Horse, explores the relationship between the animal and the human and how one has changed the other over the course of history.
“The horse celebrates a unique bond between human and animal that has fundamentally transformed both,” said Victor Rabinovitch, president and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation.
The exhibit, which includes fossils and skeletons, prehistoric cave art and contemporary sculpture, vintage photographs, prints and posters, ceramics, toys, sports equipment, examples of riding gear from around the world as well as cultural objects including a full suit of 15th-century German horse armour, runs through Jan. 2.
The museum is marking the opening of the exhibit with Horse Week from May 29 to June 6.