Math + Art

December 7, 2013 to May 4, 2014

Most of us are not naturally inclined to think about mathematics when looking at a work of art. And yet the disciplines of math and art have been inextricably linked throughout history as artists have continually used mathematical principals and concepts to guide their visual creativity. This exhibition, featuring over thirty prints, paintings, and sculptures from the WAG’s permanent collection, celebrates the fascinating and ongoing relationship between mathematics and visual art.

Offering a particular focus on 20th century art, Math + Art provides an opportunity to explore modern art through the lens of mathematics during a time when artists were experimenting geometric abstraction and considering mathematical theories in the creation of their two- and three-dimensional works of art. From the surreal juxtapositions of Salvador Dali to the grid-inspired conceptual art of Sol Le Witt; from the towering block structures of Kazuo Nakamura to Bertram Brooker’s drawing of a four-dimensional tesseract, this exhibition offers an inspiring variety of work that challenges the mind and delights the senses. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with specific works in the exhibition through a series of fun and challenging interactive Math + Art cards exploring three mathematical themes: Shape and Dimension, Number and Relation, and Symmetry and Pattern. 

BEAUTY OF MATHEMATICS from PARACHUTES.TV on Vimeo.

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3 shows offer new ways of experiencing art - CBC - Allison Gillmor - Dec 12

Claude Tousignant, Accelerateur Chromatique, 1968, acrylic on canvas, 111.7 cm (diameter), Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

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Past Programs & Events

  • Exploring the Math and Art Connection: Teaching and Learning between the Lines by Dr. Irene Naested

    Join Dr. Naested to learn about her latest co-authored publication, designed to encourage teachers to integrate visual art with other disciplines including mathematics. Select artworks from the Math + Art exhibition will be used to demonstrate the fascinating links that can be drawn between teaching the disciplines of math and art.

    Sunday April 6 at 2pm

  • Talk: Exploring Sacred Geometry with Tim Rogalsky

    With Tim Rogalsky, associate professor of mathematics at Canadian Mennonite University, explore the works of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Salvador Dali, who have deliberately tapped into this spiritual tradition.

    Wednesday, April 9 from 12pm to 1pm

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