Karel Funk

Karel Funk, Untitled #54, 2012. Acrylic on panel. 72.4 x 63.5 cm. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. © Karel Funk, courtesy 303 Gallery, New York and Galerie Division, Montréal

Winnipeg's own Karel Funk is known for his mesmerizing portraits of lone figures. As the largest and first true survey of his work, this retrospective brings together paintings from across North America.

The subtle evolution of Funk’s practice is explored, beginning with the artist’s meditative portraits of hooded figures, responses to conflicting senses of intimacy and anonymity he experienced on New York subways. In his most recent work, the human form is abandoned and replaced by images of bundled, crumpled, and knotted outerwear. The figures that populate most of Funk’s paintings exude a silent contemplation that places them in dialogue with the post-humanist figurative painting tradition: from the Italian and Northern Renaissance to Photorealism. Funk's work is held in major museum collections, including the Guggenheim and the Whitney in New York, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

A fully-illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition as well as a new documentary on the artist directed by Caelum Vatnsdal. Karel Funk (untitled) explores Funk's art and inspirations, documenting the completion of one painting from start to finish, and following him through streets and galleries in New York. Watch below!

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Karel Funk, Untitled #25, 2006. Acrylic on panel. 94x83.8 cm. Private Collection, NY. © Karel Funk, courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

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Past Programs & Events

  • #FunkorFake Contest

    Show us your best Karel Funk inspired selfie for a chance to win some sweet prizes!

    Friday, June 10, 2016 to Monday, September 26, 2016

  • Opening: Karel Funk

    Join us for the opening of the Karel Funk exhibit, the largest and first true survey of Funk’s work.

    Friday, June 10, 2016 from 7pm to 10pm

  • Screening: Karel Funk Documentary

    Free screening of the Karel Funk documentary, directed by Caelum Vatnsdal, followed by a panel discussion

    Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 2pm to 4pm

  • Artist's Tour - Karel Funk

    Join Winnipeg-based artist, Karel Funk, for a tour of the largest survey of his work to date.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 12pm to 1pm

  • Nuit Blanche 2016@WAG

    Unleash your inner night owl and head to the WAG for an epic Nuit Blanche celebration of contemporary art, music, dance, film, and more!

    Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 6pm to 4am

  • Weekend Drop-In Tours

    Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm.

    Saturday, December 2 to Sunday, April 29

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