Art Gallery of Alberta

Flora and Fauna : 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature
March 1, 2014-June 8, 2014

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Aganetha Dyck, Richard Dyck, Hive Scan 14, 2001-2003 Chromogenic print. 104.2 x 78.2 cm; image: 101.6 x 76 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Purchased 2010. Photo © NGC

Wenzel Hollar, Dragonflies and a Bumblebee, 1646 Etching on laid paper. 10.8 x 14.3 cm; plate: 8.1 x 11.8 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Purchased 1931. Photo © NGC

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

Nature has been an enduring subject for artists across time and cultures. From the ancient garden frescoes at Pompeii to Dutch still-lifes, 19th century botanical studies and 21st century land art projects, nature has been either a simple fact of life or a source of curiosity, consolation and spiritual regeneration. Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature explores the natural world through paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and crafted objects. Responding to the richness and diversity of plant life and the creatures that occupy natural spaces, the artists in this exhibition express nature’s complexity and fragility in a variety of ways—from the epic and analytical to the detailed and intimate.

This exceptionally varied exhibition, drawn mainly from the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, features 74 works dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Presenting a wide variety of media, scale and style, it features the work of many great Canadian and international artists, including Shary Boyle, Aganetha and Richard Dyck, Frederick Evans, Lucian Freud, Lorraine Gilbert, Geoffrey James and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Presented with the support of Capital Powered Art, an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation.