Travel Manitoba eNews - June 2013
Big Names help WAG Celebrate Centennial
Rembrandt. Renoir. Van Gogh. Monet. Matisse. Picasso. Warhol. For the first time, works by some of the greatest artists in history are all under one roof in the Winnipeg Art Gallery. 100 Masters: Only in Canada, the largest exhibition in the Gallery’s 100-year history, offers this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity only until August 18.
The selection of the artwork includes fifty Canadian works and a combination of fifty European and American works spanning five centuries, from 1500 to 2010. Visitors will also enjoy works by Frank Stella, Alexander Calder, Francis Bacon, and Gerhard Richter. Leading the Canadian contingent are pivotal works by Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, Paul Kane, Cornelius Krieghoff, Alex Colville, Jean Paul Lemieux, and many more. An audio tour and commemorative booklet, included with Gallery admission, offer deeper insights into many of the works on view and the context of their times.
Since September 2012, the WAG has been celebrating its 100th anniversary as Canada’s oldest civic art gallery with a series of exceptional exhibitions, culminating in 100 Masters: Only in Canada. One-hundred masterpieces have been lent from 28 galleries across Canada plus the Walker Art Centre and the Minneapolis Museum of Art. The works that have been chosen are among the most treasured pieces in the collections of these galleries. For instance, Rembrandt’s A Woman at her Toilet (Heroine from the Old Testament), lent by the National Gallery of Canada, is the most celebrated work by the Dutch master in any Canadian collection. Many of these works have never left their home galleries but exceptions have been made to help the WAG celebrate this important milestone.
For more information about 100 Masters: Only in Canada, visit 100masters.wag.ca.