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Gallery commemorates 150 years of Canadian Confederation – Beaverbrook Art Gallery

by pmnationtalk on April 21, 20177 Views

April 20, 2017

Gallery commemorates 150 years of Canadian Confederation with exhibition celebrating rich and diverse visual arts heritage

Fredericton, NB, April 20, 2017 — The Beaverbrook Art Gallery will launch its celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial year with a large-scale, commemorative exhibition. The exhibition, Canadian Mosaic: Celebrating 150 Years of Art from the Permanent Collection, will span multiple rooms and will showcase a variety of Canadian art. The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery of the new exhibition on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 5pm.

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, Chief Curator Jeffrey Spalding will fill five galleries with artworks to encourage visitors to explore the development of Canadian art through the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s permanent collection. Different gallery spaces will focus on different periods in Canadian art – historical, modern and contemporary – with an additional presentation highlighting the art of Atlantic Canada.

“Through the nearly six decades of its history,” he says, “the Gallery has amassed a fine overview of the principal artists associated with our nation.” Canadian Mosaic will showcase some of the most admired works in the collection by artists across the decades: Cornelius Krieghoff, Paul Kane, J. W. Morrice, Emily Carr, David Milne, Lawren Harris, Tom Thomson, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Paul-Émile Borduas, Alex Colville, Mary Pratt, Jack Humphrey, Molly Bobak, Carl Beam and many more. As one particularly fitting inclusion, the Gallery will unveil a recently-donated 19th Century sculptural portrait of Sir George-Étienne Cartier, co-premier of the Province of Canada and Father of Confederation.

Spalding’s aspiration for the project is to send a love letter to Canada on the occasion of its 150th birthday. “Our presentation is a mosaic,” he continues, “of the extraordinary variety of approaches, ideas and feelings represented by Canadian art, coast to coast to coast and over the decades. We hope visitors will find the artworks in this exhibition inspiring.”

However, he cautions that, “it would be impossible to use the project to even attempt to construct a portrait of the art of the nation. The country is too vast: our demographics, cultural, ethnic, and geographic differences are wide-ranging. Invariably, someone and something would be left out. A mosaic, after all, is an image made up of fragments of other objects.”

Canadian Mosaic will be on display all summer, through September 10, allowing visitors from New Brunswick and away to make it part of their Canada 150 celebrations.

Also remaining on display through the summer are some of the Gallery’s most prized international artworks. Masterworks: Homecoming—A Celebratory Selection from the International Collection, invites visitors to explore another facet of the Gallery’s collection. Though not by Canadian artists, by virtue of the collection’s history and of Lord Beaverbrook, these works have also become part of a Canadian story.


About the exhibitions:

Canadian Mosaic: Celebrating 150 Years of Art from the Permanent Collection is curated by Jeffrey Spalding and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The exhibition is on display from April 29, 2017 through September 10, 2017.

Masterworks: Homecoming – A Celebratory Selection from the International Collection is curated by Terry Graff and Jeffrey Spalding and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The exhibition is on display in the Harriet Irving Gallery from February 11, 2017 through September 10, 2017.

About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and International works of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery “enriches life through art”. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.
La Galerie d’art Beaverbrook enrichit la vie par l’art.

Media Contact
Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Manager of Communications and Visitor Services
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3E 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-2039
Fax: (506) 458-2028


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