Renewed Beaverbrook Art Gallery brings a renewed focus on the Gallery’s permanent collections

Beaverbrook Art GalleryFebruary 20, 20180 Comments

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Renewed Beaverbrook Art Gallery brings a renewed focus on the Gallery’s permanent collections

 

Fredericton, New Brunswick, February 20, 2018 – With a renewed focus on showcasing the existing permanent collection, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery announces new exhibitions opening in February. Harold Klunder: A Celebration of Paintings and Prints, as well as two permanent exhibitions featuring Canadian and Atlantic Canadian art from the permanent collection, opened on February 17, 2018.

Canada, and particularly Atlantic Canada, has a rich history when it comes to visual arts and fine craft. This history is reflected in the strength and diversity of the Gallery’s permanent collection, and will soon be reflected once again on its walls. Two new permanent exhibitions, with over 100 works drawn from the permanent collection, reflect the Gallery’s continued commitment to giving visitors the best experience possible.

“A permanent presentation of some of the Gallery’s most significant holdings allows us to satisfy better our visitors’ expectations,” notes Tom Smart, Director/CEO.

“These are some of the works of art that visitors have come to know and expect when they visit the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Just as you would want to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, or works by the Group of Seven at the McMichael, visitors often come to the gallery with the expectation of viewing specific artworks. The art we present in these long-term exhibitions has been chosen to meet our visitors’ expectations.”

In these exhibitions showcasing both modern and historical Canadian works, visitors will find old and new favourites along with a highlight of some of the Atlantic region’s works. Included works are chosen to present a historical survey of Canadian art over the past two centuries.

In the Canadian Gallery, visitors will find paintings by Cornelius Krieghoff, the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, J.W. Morrice, Maurice Cullen, Paul-Émile Borduas, Alfred Pellan, Norval Morrisseau, and Pegi Nicol McLeod, among others. On exhibit in the Marion McCain Gallery of Atlantic Canadian Art are some of the region’s exceptional painters, including highlights of Magic Realism. Artists featured include Alex Colville, Mary Pratt, Christopher Pratt, Lucy Jarvis, Bruno Bobak, Erica Deichmann, Molly Bobak, Miller Brittain, Jack Humphrey, Fred Ross, and more.

“Giving more prominence to our permanent collection is to celebrate the rich cultural treasures of this Gallery and this region. After six decades of building up our collections, we are fortunate to have amassed too many wonderful artworks to want to hide them away in our vaults,” says Smart.

In addition to these long-term survey exhibitions, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery presents a temporary exhibition of artworks from its permanent collection. The exhibition, Harold Klunder: A Celebration of Paintings and Prints, will be on display from February 17 until April 1.

Born in the Netherlands in 1943, Harold Klunder immigrated to Canada in 1952. He is known for his richly textured, complex canvases that are neither completely abstract nor figurative. His paintings are built up slowly over time, sometimes taking several years to complete. The exhibition will feature 21 works by this pre-eminent artist, all drawn from the Gallery’s permanent collection.

“We are privileged to have a very fine representation of paintings and works on paper by Harold Klunder in our permanent collection,” remarks Smart. “This temporary exhibition gives our members and visitors an opportunity to explore the work of this renowned artist, who is featured in collections and exhibitions around the world.”

These new exhibitions of permanent collection works were officially opened on February 17. On February 22 at 7pm, Harold Klunder will present an artist-led tour and talk of his works on display at the Gallery. All are welcome to attend this free event. For more information, visit beaverbrookartgallery.org.

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About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery:

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and International works of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery “enriches life through art”. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.

Media Contact

Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Manager of Communications
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-2039
Email: communications@beaverbrookartgallery.org  
www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

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