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In Dreams Awake

In Dreams Awake Interior Image

James Davies, Gothic Tales #5, 1980, Conte, watercolour on paper, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

February 26, 2020 – August 26, 2020

Between 1480 and 1505 the Flemish artist Hieronymus Bosch created one of the masterpieces of European art history. Entitled The Garden of Earthly Delights, this imaginative tour de force portrays Bosch’s vision of the Garden of Eden, the earthly plane and the afterlife. While the actual meaning of Bosch’s painting has confounded viewers and art historians throughout the ages, critics generally interpret the painting as a didactic warning on the perils of life’s temptations.

The exhibition In Dreams Awake is inspired by this treasure of the early Renaissance. While Bosch’s painting is the muse for this exhibition, however, each work in the exhibition is its own entity and unrelated to the others. Nonetheless, each artwork reflects elements expressed within Bosch’s work and like the disjointed images seen in dreams these individual visions unite to comment like the scenes in Bosch’s triptych, on life itself. The exhibition In Dreams Awake thus becomes, in essence, a contemporary recitation of Bosch’s narrative.

The exhibition In Dreams Awake features art works drawn from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Inspired by the triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights, this eclectic exhibition examines the ‘earthly garden’ as investigated by artists in Alberta and explores the influence of the past on contemporary artistic expression.

Curated by Shane Golby, Art Gallery of Alberta (TREX Region 2) 

Cover Image: Dale Beaven, Mall Rats: Malls their cathedrals; shopping their religion, 1989, Intaglio etching, watercolour on paper, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Exhibition Information

16 artists
19 art works
2 text panels

75 running feet
2 medium crates 


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


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General admission
Seniors 65+


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