Upcoming Exhibitions

Christian Dior

Feb 3 – June 2, 2019
Organized by the Royal Ontario Museum

In Calgary’s first major international fashion exhibition, visitors will experience a selection of breathtaking fashions ranging from daytime to evening wear for grand occasions. Christian Dior explores the ground-breaking work of one of fashion’s greatest couture houses and a glimpse into the rise of—and shock waves caused by—a fashion icon. Drawing on the first ten years of Christian Dior haute couture, 1947 to 1957, the exhibition includes captivating insights into the creative process, the craft and the business of the fashion industry in Paris during a pivotal time.



Meryl McMaster: Confluence

Feb 3 – June 2, 2019
Organized by the Carleton University Art Gallery

Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, Ottawa-based artist Meryl McMaster transforms her appearance, whether by layering photographic images onto her body or through elaborate costumes and props she creates and inhabits as alter egos. An individual of Plains Cree and Euro-Canadian heritage, McMaster explores the dimensions of her own sense of identity, and the complex history of the photographic representation of Indigenous peoples.



One New Work: Chris Cran

Feb 9 – May 26, 2019
Organized by Glenbow

In the eighth installment of curator Nancy Tousley’s ongoing exhibition series featuring new works by Calgary artists, she has invited the acclaimed (and notorious) Chris Cran, who has been described in The New York Times as a painter who "…has built a career on tampering with people’s perceptions" to debut one new work at Glenbow. We can’t wait to see what he has in store for us this time.



New exhibition spaces will be unveiled in February 2019, which will highlight and share more of Glenbow’s collection more often.




Antoni Tàpies, Mestres Catalunya, (detail), 1974, lithograph on paper, Collection of Glenbow © Comissió Tàpies, VEGAP, SOCAN, Montreal, 2018

Antoni Tàpies: Prints, 1948-1976

February 3 – July 14, 2019

One of the most significant Spanish artists of the 20th century, Antoni Tapies’ printmaking was an integral component of what he called his “abstract visual vocabulary.” Intense, politicized and defiant, Tapies’ work served as a response to the oppression experienced in the Catalan region, where Tapies was from, under the authoritarian rule of General Francisco Franco. The works in this collection were acquired by Glenbow in 2010 and range from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. They have never before been publicly exhibited at Glenbow.



On Location: Artists Explore a Sense of Place

Opening February 3, 2019

Glenbow’s collection of modernist and contemporary art provides the source material for an expansive exploration of different kinds of places, both remote and lived in; pristine and altered. A classic Canadian vista by Lawren Harris is juxtaposed with Eleanor Bond’s abstracted cityscape, Edward Burtynsky’s photographic study of the Carrara marble quarry and a sculptural work by Faye Heavyshield which encompasses the land itself as material for its construction. On Location features a fascinating range of artists including Tanya Harnett, Jeff Thomas, Vikki Alexander, Maxwell Bates, Ron Moppett and more.



Artist In Residence: Albertine Crow Shoe

February 3, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Glenbow’s artist-in-residence program invites multidisciplinary artists to interact with Glenbow’s vast collection of art and cultural material to inspire new works. Previous artists include musician Corb Lund and fashion designer Paul Hardy. Our current artist-in-residence, Albertine Crow Shoe is known primarily for her exquisite jewellery. Albertine fashions her designs using both traditional Blackfoot materials (elk and bison horn, pipe stone and other locally-sourced materials) and non-traditional elements such as silver and brass, creating a cross-cultural connection. This exhibition will feature highlights of Albertine’s past work as well as entirely new creations based on her discoveries from working with Glenbow’s collection.



Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization

Opening February 3, 2019

In this room-filling installation, Kent Monkman’s alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle stands atop a nine-foot high replica of a rock-face buffalo jump as sculptural bison run through the gallery. The work references the near extinction of the North American bison and the subsequent decimation of indigenous peoples who relied on it for sustenance.



Glenbow offers a range of special exhibitions each year welcoming the best of international travelling exhibitions as well as drawing from our extensive collections. Explore our Permanent Exhibitions available all year 'round.

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