Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession
October 30, 2004 to January 30, 2005
Presented by The American Express Foundation
Sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
For the first time in Calgary, Glenbow Museum was pleased to present an exhibitionfeaturing the famous sculptures of Auguste Rodin, one of the most important sculptors of the nineteenth century. Regarded by many as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo, this exhibition of Rodin was the first Canadian venue on its North American tour and featured such masterpieces as The Kiss and The Thinker.
Auguste Rodin, The Kiss,
c.1881-82, date of cast unknown.
Bronze. Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.
Charles M. Russell, The Wolves, 1914, Collection of Glenbow Museum
Capturing Western Legends: Russell and Remington's Canadian Frontier
June 19, 2004 to October 11, 2004
Presented by Hesperian Capital Management Ltd.
In this exhibition, visitors travelled back to the western frontier and discovered the legendary tales and maverick personalities of the Canadian West through the eyes of two great western artists, Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington. For many, these artists created the iconic images of the West as they visited the northwest frontier at the turn of the nineteenth century, recording the history through detailed sketches, paintings, and sculpture.
Yde Girl (dated 200-500 A.D. ) The body of this 16 year old girl was discovered in the province of Drenthe, in the Netherlands in 1897. Drents Museum, Assen, The Netherlands.
The Mysterious Bog People: Rituals and Sacrifice in Ancient Europe
October 18, 2003 to May 24, 2004
Presented by AIM Trimark
Glenbow Museum welcomed over 110,000 visitors who explored the mysterious rituals that took place in European bogs 12,000 years ago. The Mysterious Bog People brought to Calgary for the first time ancient European human remains and over 400 artifacts including the world's oldest known boat, jewellery, pottery, and other treasures. Visitors also explored ancient life in the Discovery Room by creating their own wire jewellery, using tools from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, and trying on clothing inspired by ancient Europe.
One of the most successful components of this exhibition was Glenbow's development of BSI: Bog Science Investigation, inviting students and the general public to take on the role of forensic scientist as they investigated a hypothetical body found in a bog. BSI welcomed over 200 school program visits and over 45,000 visitors during the exhibition's run. This hands-on interactive program has been sold to the International Bog Team, marking the first time that Glenbow Museum programming has been developed and sold as a component in a major travelling exhibition.
The Mysterious Bog People is a unique partnership between the Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum in Hannover, Germany; the Drents Museum in Assen, The Netherlands; the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec; and Glenbow Museum in Calgary.
Inuit children, Alaska, c.1900-1908. Lomen Brothers, Glenbow Archives ND-1-71
Inusivut: Our Way of Life
June 14 to September 21, 2003
Presented by BP Canada Energy Company
Inusivut: Our Way of Life offered a sweeping view of various aspects of Inuit life. Exploring the fascinating story of survival and innovation in Arctic culture, Inusivut provided a rare opportunity to learn about the "True North. "
Over 30,000 visitors viewed one of Canada's best collections of Inuit prints, learned about the six seasons of the Arctic, climbed onto a reindeer sleigh, looked at rare early twentieth century photographs from Alaska, and saw contemporary video from Igloolik, Nunavut. Inusivut also offered an exciting range of live programming initiatives including dancers in traditional costumes, throat singers and drummers, Inuit film and video, and hosted a weekend of personal reflections on the North. Glenbow Museum also partnered with the Calgary International Film Festival and the Calgary Folk Music Festival to present unique programming opportunities.
Alfred Bastien, Over the Top, Neuville-Vitasse, 1918, Collection of the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa.
Canvas of War: Masterpieces from the Canadian War Museum
March 8 to May 25, 2003
Glenbow Museum offered visitors a rare opportunity to explore a collection of art portraying the efforts of Canadian and British artists who served in the First and Second World Wars. Featuring nearly 70 large paintings, Canvas of War was drawn from the Canadian War Museum's collection in Ottawa and included works by such well-known artists as Alex Colville, Arthur Lismer, F.H. Varley, and A.Y. Jackson. A powerful and compelling art exhibition, Canvas of War reminded Calgarians to reflect and honour Canada's sacrifices and contributions that have helped shape our country.