Message from the Director & CEO
Summer is here and the sculptures are out on the rooftop basking in the bright sun and warm temperatures. This special mini-mywag, complete with a spectacular poster of Artemis, serves as your guide to upcoming exhibitions and events at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Your next full magazine will arrive in Fall.
Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin is now open and brings to life two ancient civilizations through statues, vases, and jewellery pieces spanning almost 10 centuries of artistic production. As Manitoba’s first major exhibition of classical antiquities in over half a century, Olympus is this summer’s must-see.
Don’t just take our word for it. “Epic,” “phenomenal,” and “amazing” are but a few visitor comments we’re hearing
in the galleries.
Ron Mueck, an NGC@WAG collaboration currently on view, and Olympus offer a interesting juxtaposition of the human form. Olympus presents the body in a classical, idealized form while Mueck’s monumental baby and undersized old woman are a hyper-realistic perspective of the human cycle of life. Australian-born Mueck began his career as a puppet maker, and then moved to London, England, to work for Jim Henson on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. Before becoming internationally known in the art world, he worked in film where he supervised the special effects for Dreamchild, (1985), and Labyrinth (1986) starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. Olympus alongside Ron Mueck is a rare combination that’s sparking great dialogue among visitors.
Visit olympus.wag.ca/talk to read fascinating Olympus blog posts and join the conversation with guest contributors,
such as curators, scholars, experts, and more.
Right around the corner from Olympus is American Abstraction, giving a taste of the modern art that was produced south of the border in the 1960s and 1970s. The George & Tannis Richardson Collection of Inuit Sculpture highlights the recent donation to our collection of Inuit art, which forms an important element of Winnipeg’s cultural heritage. Modernist Traditions reveals how Canadian and European artists absorbed modern art principles throughout the early 20th century, while Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven features some of our favourite works by an iconic group of painters.
You won’t want to miss the myriad of programs and events happening this summer at the WAG. From LEGO building parties or “brickstorming” to mini-tours highlighting the Olympian gods, there are so many ways for you to experience the art. And now is a good time to reserve your tickets to our Gallery Ball on October 17, the black-tie event of the season. You will dine like a deity in the permanent collection galleries and enjoy exclusive access to Olympus and one of Winnipeg’s finest auctions, while supporting the WAG’s Youth Outreach and Education Programs.
Thank you for your support and see you at the WAG!
Stephen Borys, PhD, MBA
Director & CEO