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Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial / Turbulences et territoires: La Biennale canadienne 2017 du MBAC

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A companion exhibition to the National Gallery of Canada’s 2017 Canadian Biennial, Turbulent Landings features new work from Canadian and International artists.

Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada as part of the “NGC@AGA’ exhibition series.

Since 2010 the National Gallery of Canada has presented its most recent acquisitions of contemporary art in Biennial exhibitions that highlight leading examples of Canadian and Indigenous art-making. In 2017, for the first time, works by international contemporary artists will also be featured, many of which form the foundation of this unique partnered exhibition of the Canadian Biennial, presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta as part of the ongoing “NGC@AGA” partnership.

Entitled, Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial at the AGA features a diverse spectrum of artworks including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and mixed-media installations created by some of the Canadian and International art worlds’ most luminary and influential artists including: John Akomfrah, Mark Bradford, Julie Mehretu, Chris Ofili, Wael Shawky, Hajra Waheed, and the late Beau Dick, whose works have all been acquired for the national collection since 2014. Major pieces by Shuvinai Ashoona and John Noestheden, Rebecca Belmore, Edward Poitras and Kelly Richardson, which were presented in previous Canadian Biennials and in Sakahan, the National Gallery's first quinquennial exhibition of international Indigenous Art in 2013, are also featured.

Together, the works in Turbulent Landings extend upon the subjects and themes addressed by artists across the 2017 Canadian Biennial in both venues, issues of great consequence at home and abroad, from migration and the environment, to the effects of globalization and the tragic legacies of colonialism.

Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial is curated by Catherine Crowston, Josee Drouin-Brisebois and Jonathan Shaughnessy and produced by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada as part of the “NGC@AGA’ exhibition series. 


John Akomfrah
Shuvinai Ashoona /John Noestheden
Rebecca Belmore
Mark Bradford
Beau Dick
Julie Mehretu

Chris Ofili
Edward Poitras
Kelly Richardson
Wael Shawky
Hajra Waheed


Jonathan Shaughnessy is Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, at the National Gallery of Canada where his exhibitions include the 2017 Canadian Biennial, “Human Scale” (2016), “100 Years Today” in Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014 (2014-15) and Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012. He organized Louise Bourgeois: 1911-2010, the Gallery’s homage to the late sculptor that was on view in Ottawa before traveling to the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, and MOCCA, Toronto (2011-13).


Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 11am-7pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: closed


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2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 2C1