100 Masters: Only in Canada

May 11, 2013 to September 2, 2013

Pierre Auguste Renoir, Le Concert, 1918-1919.

Pablo Picasso, La Misereuse accroupie (The Crouching Beggar), 1902

During the run of 100 Masters: Only in Canada, the Gallery has extended its hours: Mon, Tues: 11am-5pm • , Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 11am-9pm • Sun 10am-6pmMon, Sept 2 9am-5pm

From its establishment in 1912 as the first civic art gallery in Canada to its role a century later as one of the leading visual arts institutions in the country, the history of the Winnipeg Art Gallery is inextricably linked to the principle that the cause of art is the cause of the people. The WAG is a product of the people and art that fill its spaces and make possible its reach into the community. The year 2012 marked the WAG’s centennial, and with it the opportunity to organize an exhibition that celebrates not just the Gallery’s rich art holdings, but those from across the nation. The result is 100 Masters: Only in Canada, a truly historic assembly of one hundred works of art from twenty-eight museums in Canada and two in the United States, along with ten pieces from the WAG’s permanent collection.  The selection of the artwork is divided evenly between Canadian and non-Canadian works; among the loans there are fifty Canadian works and a combination of fifty European and American works spanning six centuries, from 1500 to 2010. 

Among the works included in the exhibition are major paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn, Claude Lorrain, François Boucher, Thomas Gainsborough, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Maxfield Parrish, Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Alexander Calder, Richard Long, Carl Andre, and Mungo Martin.  Canadian artists include Cornelius Krieghoff, Paul Kane, Antoine Plamondon, Paul Peel, James Wilson Morrice, Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris, Emily Carr, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Alex Colville, Mary Pratt, Jeff Wall, Jane Ash Poitras, Bill Reid, and Wanda Koop.

Curated by WAG director and CEO Dr. Stephen Borys, 100 Masters: Only in Canada enables us to focus on the individual work, obliging us to look again and enjoy. Despite the layers of art history and connoisseurship that may connect us to or separate us from the artwork, there always remains a way to access the physical work. There is no substitute for that experience of standing in front of the painting or sculpture, and it is in this way that 100 Masters delivers. With the gathering of more than one hundred paintings, sculptures, and decorative art pieces, spanning centuries and schools, the inclination to compare or contrast is easily displaced by the opportunity to reconnect with the singular object and its intrinsic values. As the WAG turns one hundred years, thirty museums from east to west have lent some of their finest works to mark this historic event—and we are invited back to the place where the object leads our exploration.

Admission to 100 Masters: Only in Canada:

During the run of this exhibition from May 11 through August 18, Gallery admission, which includes admission to the exhibition, will be:

  • WAG member surcharge $10
  • WAG family member surcharge $25
  • WAG senior/student member surcharge $10
  • adult $22
  • senior and student $20
  • family $55
  • children 5 and under are free

This includes free audio tours and a commemorative booklet.

Click here for a review of the book accompanying this exhibition. It is available in the Gallery Shop for $58.

Presenting Sponsor

  • BMO

Sponsored By

  • Pacart
  • Sigurdson McFadden Benefits & Pensions
  • Manitoba Lotteries
  • Thompson Dorfman Sweatman
  • Manitoba Public Insurance
  • Bird Construction
  • Cibinel Arcitects
  • The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation
  • Lindsay Steek
  • Alpha Masonry
  • McCain Foundation
  • Melet Plastics
  • Stuart Olson Dominion
  • Grham Construction
  • The Mauro Family Foundation Inc.

Media Sponsors

  • Visual Lizard
  • Winnipeg Free Press
  • CJOB
  • Pattison Outdoor
  • Global Television
  • CBC
  • CTV
  • Radio Canada
  • Travel Manitoba

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Where to Eat When Visiting the WAG
Walter Gramatté's Confession
Vacationing in Manitoba
Things To Do in Winnipeg on Canada Day!
School Tours During 100 Masters
Kittigazuit
Day Two: Interning with the Masters
Day Three: Spinning on a Cultural Hub
Day Sixteen: Confession
Day Seven: Sign of the Times
Day Nineteen: Final Thoughts
Day Four: The Right Stuff
Day Eight: Get the Shot
Creating an Exhibition
Canadiana
Bertram Brooker
5 Tips for 100 Masters

Blog Postings
Where to Eat When Visiting the WAG
Walter Gramatté's Confession
Vacationing in Manitoba
Things To Do in Winnipeg on Canada Day!
School Tours During 100 Masters
Kittigazuit
Day Two: Interning with the Masters
Day Three: Spinning on a Cultural Hub
Day Sixteen: Confession
Day Seven: Sign of the Times
Day Nineteen: Final Thoughts
Day Four: The Right Stuff
Day Eight: Get the Shot
Creating an Exhibition
Canadiana
Bertram Brooker
5 Tips for 100 Masters

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