WAG Exhibition Celebrates 130 Years of Canadian Painting

WINNIPEG, MB. April 15, 2009: A new exhibition at The Winnipeg Art Gallery brings together historical portraiture, landscape, and abstract paintings by 50 of Canada's most distinguished artists, including Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, and Jean-Paul Riopelle. Canada on Canvas: A Private Collection at The Winnipeg Art Gallery, opening on May 2, spans approximately 130 years of production, from the mid-19th century up to the 1970s.

A nation's painting tradition can give substance to a rich weave of beliefs, hopes, memories, and fears that sustain a people. Its visual narratives can enliven a sense of collective belonging and equally remind us of the competing interests and struggles that are less defining.

"This exhibition celebrate Canada’s painting tradition by highlighting three areas of thematic content: people, place, and paint," Andrew Kear, Associate Curator, Canadian Historical Art. "These categories criss-cross histories and regions, and allow for a focused look at how painterly subjects and techniques are shared and evolve in different locations, at different historical moments. The exhibition offers varying perspectives on the relationship between artistic expression and a country's inhabitants, its landscape, historical experiences, and, perhaps most importantly, the collective, and sometimes competing, ideas and narratives through which Canadians have understood themselves."

"Although augmented by works from our own collection, Canada on Canvas: A Private Collection at The Winnipeg Art Gallery draws extensively from an important private collection of Canadian painting on generous long-time loan to the WAG," says Director Dr. Stephen Borys. "We are delighted to have been the institution chosen to display this magnificent collection."

Mayberry Fine Art is the Associate Sponsor of Canada on Canvas: A Private Collection at The Winnipeg Art Gallery. Media sponsor is 102.3 CLEAR FM. The exhibition continues until September 6.

Related Programs

Members’ Previews
Thursday, April 30 | 7-9pm | Exhibition tours at 8pm
Friday, May 11 | 11am-5pm | Exhibition tours at 2 and 4pm

Art for Lunch
Wednesday, May 27 | 12:10om | Curator’s Tour

Art After Dark
Friday, May 29 | 8-11pm
Music, drinks, appetizers, tours of Canada on Canvas: A Private Collection at The Winnipeg Art Gallery
and Marilyn Monroe: Life as a Legend.

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