1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group
October 22, 2016 - January 29, 2017
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. They also painted many portraits that convey this same quest for modernism; these works rank among the most remarkable in the history of Canadian art. The male-female parity within the group - a first in Quebec as in Canada - is another resolutely modern trait. The exhibition 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group presents works by its official members as well as by artists associated with them through friendship and solidarity; it demonstrates that the group's diversity fuelled rich and fruitful exchanges.
Bill Viola: Walking on the Edge
Sept 22, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017
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.
Rough Country: The Strangely Familiar in mid-20th Century Alberta Art
Oct 22, 2016 - February 5, 2017
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.
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