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7 Art Exhibits You Need To See In 2017

photo credit: vancouver art gallery facebook

photo credit: vancouver art gallery facebook

You may not think of Canada as an art lover’s travel destination, but this year, that could change. An eclectic mix of modern, contemporary and political art will be exhibited this year in some of our country’s finest galleries and museums. Pablo Picasso once said that the purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life off our souls. So dust off your soul and add some culture to your travel itinerary with one (or all) of these art exhibits opening in galleries in 2017.

 

Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St, Vancouver

The Vancouver Art Gallery will be celebrating the talents of Asian artists this year with two exhibits focusing on Asian themes and identity. Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver (March 4 to May 28) will feature works from many artists who immigrated to Canada after Hong Kong transferred sovereignty from the United Kingdom to China. June 2017 marks the 20-year anniversary of this event.

Paul Chui, The North Series #4, 2013, ink and watercolour on paper, courtesy of the artist

Paul Chui, The North Series #4, 2013, ink and watercolour on paper, courtesy of the artist


 

Tsang Kin-Wah

Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St, Vancouver

Tsang Kin-Wah’s exhibit runs concurrently to Pacific Crossings and will feature editorial text from Vancouver newspapers in the ’80s and ’90s. Tsang’s art critically examines the cultural climate of the city at the time when thousands of Hong Kong natives were immigrating to the West Coast.

Tsang Kin-Wah, You Are Extremely Terrified Of Them But You Are Definitely Not A Racist, 2012 (detail), ink jet on vinyl, courtesy of the artist

Tsang Kin-Wah, You Are Extremely Terrified Of Them But You Are Definitely Not A Racist, 2012 (detail), ink jet on vinyl, courtesy of the artist


 

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto

The AGO will be the Canadian debut of Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters (September 30, 2017 to January 7, 2018), the first museum retrospective of the famed Mexican film director and screenwriter. The exhibit will offer a glimpse into the director’s creative process and showcase the wide scope of inspirations that lead to his films like Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy and Pacific Rim. The exhibit will include objects from the director’s own collection in the form of sculptures, paintings, prints, photography, costumes and more all revolving around the theme of monsters. “To find beauty in the profane. To elevate the banal. To be moved by genre. These things are vital for my storytelling,” del Toro said in a press release. “This exhibition presents a small fraction of the things that have moved me, inspired me, and consoled me as I transit through life. It’s a devotional sampling of the enormous love that is required to create, maintain, and love monsters in our lives.”

 

Georgia O’Keeffe

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto

The AGO will also be hosting a major retrospective exhibit of modernist Georgia O’Keeffe this summer (April 22 to July 30), featuring over 80 works that span her entire career. The AGO will be the exhibit’s only North American stop. The presentation will feature her notable landscape subjects including From the Faraway, Nearby (1937) and Red and Yellow Cliffs (1940), on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and will also highlight her professional and romantic relationship with her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

 

Picasso in Canada & Picasso: Man and Beast

Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd, Winnipeg

The famous Spanish painter will be taking over the Winnipeg Art Museum this summer. Picasso in Canada (May 6 to August 13) will include 25 of the artist’s works from Canadian collection. With pieces from all over the country including the AGO and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the collection will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and examine the influence and presence of Pablo Picasso in the country. Running concurrently is the Picasso: Man and Beast exhibit, which presents the artist’s entire Vollard Suite, which includes over 100 etchings and drypoints from the 1930s. The neoclassical collection explored love and lust and captured the conflict between man and beast.

 

Chagall Colour and Music

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1380 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal

This year, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will be presenting a huge showcase of Russian-French artist Marc Chagall (January 28 to June 11). Chagall Colour And Music will explore the importance of music in the artist’s work, which was largely inspired by composers and his own Jewish identity. Chagall’s passion for music is shown vividly in the works of this collection which includes paintings, sculptures, maquettes, gouaches, stained glass windows, photographs, films, costumes and even puppets.

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