Art Gallery of Alberta

Spring/Summer 2016 exhibitions at your AGA

De Haan: Grey to Pink
Image Credit:
Jason de Haan, Swallow All the Brain, 2015, Collage (detail)
Courtesy the artist and Clint Roenisch Gallery

Spring/Summer 2016 exhibitions explore themes of excavation and conservation

Works by Duane Linklater & Tanya Lukin Linklater; Van Gogh, Rodchenko and Rubens; Allora & Calzadilla; and a new BMO Children’s Gallery show are featured in the second block of 2016

Art and science mix in the Art Gallery of Alberta’s Spring/Summer exhibitions, starting April 30.

A Parallel Excavation: Duane Linklater & Tanya Lukin Linklater
April 30–September 18, 2016

Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective presents an exhibition of new works by internationally known artists Duane Linklater and Tanya Lukin Linklater. Featuring installation work by both artists, the exhibition explores notions of excavation in relation to the intellectual, environmental and cultural resources most immediate to the artists.

Duane Linklater investigates the structure and materiality of the gallery wall itself, which includes gypsum, wood and steel, and considers the political implications of those materials as resources extracted in Canada. Tanya Lukin Linklater’s sculptural work excavates the Art Gallery of Alberta’s archival records to investigate the complex relationships of Indigenous peoples and artists to institutions, museums and galleries.

A Parallel Excavation: Duane Linklater & Tanya Lukin Linklater is curated by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective and organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta.

The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Painting
April 30–September 18, 2016

This exhibition brings together discoveries made by an international team of nearly 30 researchers―scholars of applied radiation sciences, anthropology, art history, biomedical engineering, as well as conservators, conservation scientists, forensic art historians, and curators―who worked together to examine nine historical paintings from the collections of the McMaster Museum of Art including works by Vincent Van Gogh, Alexander Rodchenko and Peter Paul Rubens’ workshop.

The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings examines these works of European art painted between c. 1520 and 1919 with accompanying research findings, and highlights the importance of technical art history, showcasing the lifespans of artworks as material cultural objects.

The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings is organized and circulated by the McMaster Museum of Art. The MMA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Museums Assistance Program, Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council. Presented at your AGA with the support of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation.

Allora & Calzadilla: Echo to Artifact
June 3 – August 28, 2016

Allora & Calzadilla: Echo to Artifact is the first major exhibition in Canada of the work of internationally renowned artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. It features film, sculpture, sound pieces and performances, and new work based on the artists’ research into western Canada’s prehistoric past. The works in the exhibition consider the nature of sound, music and the voice as a way to animate both natural forms and man-made artifacts and include the remains of dinosaurs, a piece of Hadean rock and the oldest musical instrument ever discovered.

In the summer of 2014, Allora & Calzadilla made a research trip to Alberta, and visited the Burgess Shale and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. A main feature of this exhibition is the sculptural installation, Intervals, that is composed of transparent acrylic lecterns and dinosaur bones. These will be installed with Lifespan, a live vocal performance centered on a piece of the Earth’s mantle from the Acasta River Gneiss (NWT) and estimated to be over four billion years old.

The exhibition will also feature three films: Apotomē (2013), 3 (2013) and Raptor’s Rapture (2012), all of which stem from the artists’ research into specific historical artifacts and their musical affinities. The Great Silence (2014), a three-channel video installation, focuses on the world’s largest radio telescope, which transmits and captures radio waves to and from the farthest edges of the universe. Located in Esperanza, Puerto Rico, it is also home to the last members of an endangered species of parrots.

Allora and Calzadilla: Echo to Artifact is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta. Presented by Enbridge.

Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection
July 23–November 13, 2016

The young and audacious artists who called themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood revolutionized the British art establishment of the nineteenth century with their medievalist aesthetic. John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and their fellow Pre-Raphaelites strove to uproot the teachings of the Royal Academy. At the same time Frederic Leighton, Edward Poynter and others championed them.

Featuring more than 120 drawings by over 60 artists, Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and Their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection encompasses the entire Victorian era, charting the broad evolution of British draftsmanship and illustrating the new appreciation developed for the art of drawing during the reign of Queen Victoria, from 1837 to 1901. It highlights a range of subject matter including simple figure drawings, medieval scenes from literature and Renaissance-inspired compositions.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada. Presented as a part of the NGC@AGA exhibition series and with support from Simons.

JASON DE HAAN: Grey to Pink
July 23–November 13, 2016
In this project, fossilized shells perch, sphinx-like, on individual vapour spouts of ultrasonic humidifiers. Cool mist caresses the form of each fossil as if to disperse ancient mineral particles of the once-living form into, and beyond, the exhibition space. A new atmosphere is generated in which these particles appear to be inhaled and carried away by the viewer. The constant, gentle hum of the machines is accompanied by the smell of damp, prehistoric earth.

The RBC New Works Gallery features new artworks by Alberta artists. Initiated in 1998 and named the RBC New Works Gallery in 2008, this gallery space continues the Art Gallery of Alberta’s tradition of supporting Alberta artists. Presented with the support of the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Touch Lab: Leave your Mark
Opens July 24, BMO Children’s Gallery

The new BMO Children’s Gallery exhibition Touch Lab―designed by artist and designer Anna-Karolina Szul―investigates how a variety of man-made and natural elements contribute to the wear and tear on works of art over time. The exhibition seeks to illustrate how art is affected by these factors and the challenges conservators face in trying to preserve art. Visitors will reflect on how and why collectively we should work together to minimize the impacts of damage and conserve artwork for future generations. Families are invited to seek out solutions to these questions through close observation of changes occurring in the Gallery, hands-on explorations, experiments, and art take-a-ways.

The BMO World of Creativity is an interactive, hands-on space where children and their grown-ups can explore their creativity. BMO World of Creativity exhibitions and themes change from year-to-year.

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