The Countdown Begins to 100 Masters Exhibition at the WAG
FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 1, Winnipeg, MB: Billboards and bus signs have been sprouting up around town that consist of just a wooden crate and an artist’s signature. What’s it all about? They are announcing 100 Masters: Only in Canada, an exhibition opening at the Winnipeg Art Gallery May 11 that will feature some of the biggest names in visual art—Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Matisse, Warhol, Picasso, and Monet, to name just a few.
The WAG’s 100-day countdown to the exhibition begins today at 100masters.wag.ca. Each day the website will reveal a new artwork that will be appearing in 100 Masters: Only in Canada. The works have come from the collections of 28 galleries across Canada—stunning treasures of Canadian, European, and American art that span five centuries—that these institutions count among their most prized works. Each week a video on 100masters.wag.ca will focus on one of these works, giving visitors an insider’s view on what they will be seeing when the exhibition opens.
“We chose to mark our centenary by organizing an exhibition that celebrates what is truly great about Canada and its cultural holdings,” says WAG Executive Dr. Director Stephen Borys who curated the exhibition. “You could call it a love letter to our sister institutions, a thank-you to them for their support over the last century.”
On Borys’s Travel-blog on 100masters.wag.ca, he will be talking about his travels over the past year and a half as he criss-crossed the country (and Minneapolis), talking to other gallery directors, exploring their collections, and choosing the perfect works for 100 Masters: Only in Canada.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its Centennial year with an unparalleled series of exhibitions, programs, and events promoting the power of art in life. As Manitoba's leading art museum, the WAG is home to over 26,000 works of art spanning ten centuries, including the world's preeminent collection of contemporary Inuit art.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is grateful for the support of the following Centennial sponsors: BMO Financial Group, The Winnipeg Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, TD Bank, James Richardson & Sons Ltd., MTS Allstream, Johnston Group, Air Canada, RBC Royal Bank, PACART, Great-West Life, Friesens, Manitoba Culture Heritage and Tourism, City of Winnipeg, Investors Group, Scotiabank, Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Storm Bistro, Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Ernst & Young, Fort Garry Hotel, KPMG, Lawton Partners, Loewen, Parrish & Heinbecker, Aikins Law, AON, Cambrian Credit Union, Manitoba Blue Cross, National Leasing, CP Loewen, North West Company, NRG Management. Media sponsors: Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, CBC, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, 103.1 Virgin Radio, 99.9 BOB FM, Doowah Design, Visual Lizard, Esdale Printing, Radio-Canada, Travel Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg, Midcan Production Technologies.
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