2016-2017 Exhibitions

In addition to our permanent art and artifact displays, Glenbow maintains an active exhibition program throughout the year. Exhibitions are often drawn from our collections. We also host travelling exhibitions from museums and art galleries around the world.

David Altmejd, The Vessel, 2011, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

David Altmejd: The Vessel

March 4 - May 22, 2017

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

Internationally renowned artist David Altmejd's enormous crystalline sculpture seems to depict an elaborate act of creation caught in a suspended animation of simultaneous formation and disintegration.

David Altmejd


Diana Thorneycroft, Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Northern Lights), digital photograph, 2007, Collection of Glenbow

Canadian Stories: The View From Here

March 4 - May 22, 2017

Organized by Glenbow

In response to Canada 150, this exhibition uses historical, modern and contemporary art from Glenbow's collection to explore iconic Canadian themes from a western perspective.

Canadian Stories


Adad Hannah, The Raft of the Medusa (Saint-Louis) 7, 2016, archival pigment print, courtesy of the artist

Artefacts: Contemporary Moving Images

Adad Hannah: The Raft of the Medusa( Saint-Louis)

March 18 - May 22, 2017

Théodore Géricault's 1819 masterpiece The Raft of the Medusa (an enormous painting which now hangs in the Louvre) depicts the tragic aftermath of shipwreck that became an international scandal in the late 19th Century. In 2016, on the 200th anniversary of the grim events depicted by Géricault, Canadian artist Adad Hannah re-staged the famous painting as a tableau vivant or "living picture," using actors from the community of Saint-Louis in Senegal, the intended destination of the doomed French naval Frigate Méduse in 1816. The resulting videos and large scale photographs bring this historical event into context with our own time, addressing the ongoing legacies of colonialism and globalization.

Adad Hannah


Katie Ohe, Janet's Crown, 2001, Collection of Glenbow

Recent Acquisitions 2016

March 4 - April 30, 2017

Learn the stories behind the fascinating artworks and objects that were added to Glenbow's collection in 2016.

Recent Acquisitions 2016


Cartoon dog on grass

One New Work
M.N. Hutchinson: The Last Longest Day

October 22, 2016 - February 26, 2017

Organized by Glenbow; curated by Nancy Tousley

The third and final installment of the One New Work series focuses on senior Calgary artist M.N. Hutchinson and a project which began in 1999 with Hutchinson taking one photograph every minute of the day on the longest day of the millennium. Selecting from more than 900 photos taken over 19 hours, the exhibition draws on film negatives, contact sheets and new photographic prints made with traditional darkroom methods to depict the adventures of a photographer exploring time and place.

M.N. Hutchinson: The Last Longest Day


Children in the wood artwork.jpg

Rough Country:
The Strangely Familiar in mid-20th Century Alberta Art

October 22, 2016 - February 5, 2017

Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Evocative of the postwar social climate, the perspective of the five Alberta artists in this exhibition can be unsettling, sometimes uncanny or even downright disturbing. Maxwell Bates, Laura Evans Reid, John Snow, W.L. Stevenson and Dorothy Henzell Willis were all born before 1918, and their perspective of a young province and its people belies the myth of Alberta as a land of prosperity and simple beauty. The artists are moved by the hardships of modern life and its contradictions; in their works, melancholy contrasts with the vibrancy of everyday life. Executed with strong colours and distorted perspectives, the art works featured in the exhibition depict a world in which every day activities and intimate portraits become strangely familiar - altered by the artists' expression of underlying psychological tension and emotional backstories.

Rough Country


Prudence Heward - At the Theatre - 1928 - Collection of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

1920s Modernism in Montreal:
The Beaver Hall Group

October 22, 2016 - January 29, 2017

Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The Beaver Hall Group are inextricably linked with the history of art in Montreal, Quebec and Canada. Initially considered to be a Montreal counterpart to Toronto's Group of Seven, the group stood apart through their work: rather than offering an image of Canadian identity through depictions of the untamed landscapes of a northern country, the Montreal artists imbued the inhabited landscapes of a northern culture with the colours of modernity.

1920s Modernism in Montreal

Prudence Heward, At the Theatre, 1928, Collection of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.


Walking on the Edge - Two men walking in the desert

Bill Viola: Walking on the Edge

September 22, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017

Presented as part of a multi-venue exhibition Performing The Landscape, curated by Lorenzo Fusi.
Additional exhibitions are located at Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Contemporary Calgary, Stride Gallery and TRUCK Contemporary Art.

Bill Viola is an internationally recognized contemporary artist whose pioneering work with immersive installations, video projections and sound environments focuses on fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of consciousness. Walking on the Edge represents the inevitable separation of father and son as they take separate paths in their life's journey. The Performing the Landscape exhibition presents work by 13 International artists who challenge traditional ideas about landscape art by using the moving image and creating performance-based work.

Bill Viola: Walking on the Edge



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