Exhibitions in Canada. From Impressionism to Multiculturalism.

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Picturing the Giants:
The Changing Landscapes of Emily Carr

June 10 – Sept. 30, 2018

Supernatural:
Art, Technology and the Forest

May 19 – Sept. 3

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, B.C.

Emily Carr is a figurehead of Canadian art. Inspired by the landscapes she grew up in, this artist from Victoria was particularly interested in the relations of First Nations peoples and the environment. Unable to dissociate deterritorialization and territory, Carr borrowed symbols of First Nations culture, for instance totem art, in order to claim Indigenous heritage in Canadian lands. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria presents a selection of Carr’s works that address environmental issues and the status of old forests in modern times. Meanwhile, the exhibition Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest follows the theme of the representation of land and our relationship with it, but in a contemporary way, through digital media. www.aggv.ca

Defying Convention:
Women Artists in Canada 1900-1960

May 5 – Sept. 3, 2018

Nivinngajuliaat from Baker Lake

June 29 – Dec. 2, 2018

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Defying Convention presents 30 women artists of Canada’s modern period who broke artistic conventions and thus questioned the constraints imposed on women. Desiring to express themselves, these women brought about a radical change in the arts by expressing an emotion of urgency. Exhibited at the same time as Summer with the Impressionists, this exhibition conveys the contrast between various artistic identities of the time. Nivinngajuliaat from Baker Lake will present 12 pieces created in most cases by women. Coming from the Nunavut’s Fine Arts Collection, they represent daily life, and tell a story unique to Inuit art. www.wag.ca

Trésors impressionnistes :
The Ordrupgaard Collection

May 18 – Sept. 9, 2018

National Gallery of Canada,
Ottawa, Ontario

This is an exhibition of 76 works from the prestigious Ordrupgaard museum collection in Copenhagen. In an ingenious selection of works from the Impressionist and Post-impressionist periods and other major currents, the National Gallery of Canada offers a transcendental experience of landscapes by Monet, Corot, Sisley and Pissaro as well as still life studies by Manet and Matisse. Renoir, Gauguin and Morisot are also seen; their intimate portraits take an important place. www.beaux-arts.ca

From Africa to the Americas:
Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present  

Here We Are Here:
Black Canadian Contemporary Art

May 12 – Sept. 16 2018

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec

The main exhibition opens the discussion on decolonization. It presents recognition of notions such as appropriation and re-appropriation in the world of art through African and American arts from the 19th century to the present. Cultural eurocentrism is examined by Pablo Picasso’s close relation to these arts. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts urges a transcultural approach to the guest to the visitor by way of revisiting or reinventing the universal history of the arts. A parallel exhibition, Here We Are Here, suggests a questioning of Black history in Canada. The works aim to deconstruct prejudice while questioning Canada’s reputation as a nation that is open to cultural diversity. www.mbam.qc.ca

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