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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous Peoples including the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux/Ojibwe and Dene Peoples. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people who make Alberta their home today.

The Bequest: Ernest E. Poole and the AGA Collection

Mother And Child, c 1895
Laura Muntz Lyall
Art Gallery of Alberta Collection, gift of The Ernest E. Poole Foundation, 1975

 

In 1975, the Ernest E. Poole Foundation donated 90 works of art to The Edmonton Art Gallery, now known as the Art Gallery of Alberta. The gift remains the most significant contribution ever made to the AGA’s collection of historical Canadian art. It includes major works from the late 19th century, by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, mid-century modernists and westerners such as James Henderson. These paintings had been originally collected by Ernest E. Poole, a renowned collector who passed away some ten years before the donation was given to the Gallery under the direction of his son John. In celebration of the Poole legacy to the visual arts in Canada, this exhibition features key works from the 1975 gift. It will consider how this Bequest has shaped exhibiting practices at the Gallery, and the discourse about the history of Canadian art to which it has contributed.

 

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

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AGA members
FREE
Youth 0-17
FREE
Alberta students 18+
FREE
Out-of-province students
$10
General admission
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Seniors 65+
$10

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

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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous Peoples including the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux/Ojibwe and Dene Peoples. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people who make Alberta their home today.