One of Canada’s most legendary private art collections will soon be on tour. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection has just announce its upcoming new special exhibition Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art, opening on February 12, 2022. And will soon be on the road.
According to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, which is an agency of the Government of Ontario, the Generations offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore one of Canada’s most legendary private collections, revealing the family’s long-standing engagement with Canadian and Indigenous art.
This exhibit will bring together more than 170 works by early European newcomers, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, Quebec Impressionists and the Automastiste painters along with the trailblazing Indigenous artists of today. Organizers say that Generations “examines the story of Canadian art from fresh perspectives and allows for new conversations between the art of yesterday and today.”
Following its opening at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Generations will take residence in St. Johns, Newfoundland; Edmonton, Alberta; Charlottetown, PEI; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Gallery says it will also produce a “robust slate of virtual programs including tours, educational classes and curatorial talks to give visitors and students an opportunity to engage with this treasured collection. As Canadians look to the arts for inspiration and insight, the McMichael continues to serve as a creative oasis in turbulent times.”
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Here’s where you can catch Generations at a gallery during its national tour:
- McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario (February 12, 2022 – May 23, 2022)
- The Rooms, St. John’s, Newfoundland (June 24, 2022 – January 22, 2023)
- Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (February 18 – May 14, 2023)
- Confederation Centre, Charlottetown, PEI (June 10, 2023 – September 4, 2023)
- Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Fall 2023)
“We are fortunate in Ontario to have some of the country’s best-known cultural institutions — like the McMichael Canadian Art Collection — that enrich our province and attract thousands of visitors every year to see their spectacular collections,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, in a release.
“I encourage everyone to safely plan a visit this winter to see the McMichael’s latest exhibition, Generations, which is sure to delight and inspire us with its impressive display of Canadian and Indigenous art from across the country.”