As we reflect on the past year, 2016 was an exciting time for Canadian art galleries, with a number of high profile exhibitions making the rounds among the country’s art galleries. 2017 shows no signs of slowing down, with several new exhibits slated to open in the season ahead. From Montreal to Vancouver, the exhibitions hitting these galleries are as impressive as they are diverse. Whether you want to immerse yourself in the colours of Chagall or consider the relationship between time and photography, there has never been a better time to be an art lover in Canada. Here are some of the most exciting art exhibitions hitting Canada over the next few months.
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Musée des Beaux-Arts: “Chagall: Colour and Music” (January 28th to June 11th, 2017)
Perhaps the most exciting exhibition coming to Canada over the next few months is the Musée des Beaux-Arts’ “Chagall: Colour and music.” This large-scale exhibition explores the significance of music in the work of famed artist Marc Chagall. The multidisciplinary show will present 400 works, including paintings, sculptures, films, costumes and more. Produced in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Philharmonie de Paris, “Chagall: Colour and Music,” is sure to be a high-profile attraction when it opens later this month.
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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: “The Nature of Nature: The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia” (February 4th to May 28th, 2017)
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will celebrate one of their own, Maritime photographer Thaddeus Holownia. Holownia, who has enjoyed a successful 40-year career as one of Canada’s leading artists, will be the focus of the exhibition, “The Nature of Nature: The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia.” The photographer’s work predominantly employs analogue technologies and explores the history of human intervention and the landscape.
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Vancouver Art Gallery: “Susan Point: Spindle Whorl” (February 18th to May 28th, 2017)
For Musqueam artist Susan Point, the Coat Salish spindle whorl has become somewhat of a common motif among her varied collections of works. The Coat Salish spindle whorl is a tool traditionally used by Coat Salish women to prepare wool to be woven. The Vancouver Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition “Susan Point: Spindle Whorl,” will display the artist’s connection with the traditional motif through a variety of materials including glass, concrete, paper and steel.
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Art Gallery of Alberta: “Clocks for Seeing: Photography, Time and Motion Art Gallery of Alberta” (February 18th to June 18th, 2017)
The Art Gallery of Alberta’s “Clocks for Seeing: Photography, Time and Motion,” focuses on the medium of photography and its ability to show us “what was.” The exhibition employs a selection of historical and contemporary photographs to illustrate the relationship between photography and time. “Clocks for Seeing,” is organized by the National Gallery of Canada in part of a series in partnership with the Art Gallery of Alberta.