Museum and Gallery Exhibition Picks


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Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Tribute to Rosa Luxemburg, ongoing

This narrative sequence of 30 tableaux forms a triptych more than 40 metres long. On display here in a glass case with subtle lighting, Jean Paul Riopelle’s largest work was acquired by the museum in 1996 and has been seen by more than 1.3 million people since that date. Riopelle began work on this immense composition in his studio on Île-aux-Oies in November 1992, after having learned of the death in Paris of his former companion, the American painter Joan Mitchell (1926-1992). Tribute to Rosa Luxemburg is a masterwork of the MNBAQ collection!


McCord Museum

Swallowing Mountains, until Aug. 13, 2023

As part of its artist-in-residence program, Swallowing Mountains by multidisciplinary artist Karen Tam, is a tribute to the women of Montreal’s Chinatown from the 19th to the 20th centuries. Tam uses objects from the museum’s collection, works created by the artist, objects belonging to members of the Chinatown community, and photographs to portray the reality of Chinese women living in Canada since the late 19th century and their contributions over the past century and a half, despite their under-representation and the relative silence in public records and historical accounts of the women in Montreal’s Chinatown at the time.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Wolves: The Art of Dempsey Bob, until Sept. 10

Dempsey Bob is the winner of the 2021 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and is known throughout Canada and internationally as one of the most accomplished carvers on the Northwest Coast. His totem poles have been erected in the United States, England and Japan, and his sculptures and masks can be found in museum collections around the world. This exhibition, the first retrospective of his work, retraces the master carver’s career from the 1970s to the present.


Canadian Museum of History

From Pepinot to Paw Patrol®: Television of Our Childhoods, until Sept 1, 2023

Explore 70 years of Canadian children’s television. In addition to numerous clips from everyone’s favourite shows, Television of Our Childhoods features original costumes, puppets and more. A must-see exhibition for anyone, from the very young to the young at heart.

National Gallery of Canada

Movement: Expressive Bodies in Art, until Sept. 10

Drawn from the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, this exhibition celebrates the expressive energy of the human body. From 17th-century prints to contemporary performance, paintings, photographs and videos, the show demonstrates how the body endures as a subject for artists wishing to explore issues of social concern, or express the many possibilities of human contact and interaction. The exhibition includes work by Daphne Odjig, Brian Jungen, Leidy Churchman, Katherine Takpannie, Lisette Model, Kent Monkman and Jacques Callot.


Art Gallery of Ontario

Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear, until Oct. 1

This major retrospective is the first in Canada of the photography of Wolfgang Tillmans, whose work ranges from intimate observations to incisive commentary on the shape of our world today. This momentous exhibition features ecstatic images of nightlife, sensitive portraits, architectural studies, documents of social movements, still lives, astronomical phenomena and abstractions. It reveals the full breadth of Tillmans’s creative output to date, with photographs, video projections, sound installations and his ongoing project, Truth Study Center, on display.

Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada

Seeing the Invisible: An Outdoor Augmented Reality Exhibition, until Sept. 30

Starting at MOCA, which will act as a hub by introducing the project and artwork locations before moving to locations at Sorauren Park and throughout High Park, Seeing the Invisible will take visitors on an exploration of virtual art and nature, as the artworks are seen and activated using a customized mobile app. By setting digital experiences within natural and urban contexts, without disturbing the actual land and keeping the carbon footprint to a minimum, the exhibition addresses themes pertaining to nature, environment, and sustainability, and explores the boundaries and connections between art, technology, and nature.


Art Gallery of Alberta

Damian Moppett: Untitled Abstract Drawing in Space, until Dec. 31, 2024

The Art Gallery of Alberta has commissioned Canadian artist Damian Moppett to create an installation for long-term display in the AGA Atrium and appear as if it was drawn in the air. Shapes and lines are fabricated out of cut aluminum plate, which have been arranged and painted to recreate a “fast” artistic abstract drawing. Moppett’s recent large-scale public sculptures have all been centred around the idea of making a relatively “quick“ drawing or painting into a large three-dimensional sculpture while still trying to convey the immediate graphic simplicity of the original drawing or painting. This work will maintain the qualities of a sketch with drawing materials and blow them up to architectural or larger-than-life scale.


Vancouver Art Gallery

The Children Have to Hear Another Story: Alanis Obomsawin, until Aug. 7, 2023

Abenaki filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin was born into a dark period of Indigenous history, when options for social and political agency were radically and systemically foreclosed. Despite this, she managed to consistently access public platforms to advance Indigenous concerns and tell Indigenous stories. Her integrity and commitment have made her a revered and beloved figure within Indigenous communities and celebrated in Canada and internationally. The Children Have to Hear Another Story demonstrates her remarkable achievements from the 1960s to the present in education, music, documentary cinema and activism that have mobilized Indigenous voices and ideas to transform society.

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