Behind Closed Doors at WAG

Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 30, 2018: A new exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) reveals what is rarely seen by the public—the artist's process in their studio and their research from the museum vault.

Jaimie Isaac, WAG Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art, finds it fascinating to peek at how artists begin with a loosely formed idea, conduct research and experiment as they develop the concept, and finally, emerge with a finished creation. Isaac’s curatorial concept for Behind Closed Doors is to share some of that behind-the-scenes discovery with the public.

The exhibition brings together work from artists based in Winnipeg or with Winnipeg roots: Ian August, Irene Bindi, Mia Feuer, Takashi Iwasaki, Shaun Morin & Melanie Rocan, Kristin Nelson, Matea Radic, Dominique Rey, and Robert Taite.

Everyone is invited to celebrate the exhibition at a free event happening tonight, Friday, November 30, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the WAG.

Quick Facts

  • Behind Closed Doors is the latest exhibition from the WAG's New Contemporary series.
  • The show features ten artists from Winnipeg or with Winnipeg roots and includes sculpture, collage, painting, drawing, photography, animation, and sound-based work.
  • The curator collaborated with the artists in deciding how to best show their “laboratory of process.”
  • The title Behind Closed Doors carries further meaning. Artists Ian August and Irene Bindi–both making their WAG debuts–were invited to venture inside the Gallery’s vault and “excavate” an object from the collection to inform and influence the creation of a new piece for the exhibition.
  • The public is invited to celebrate the launch of Behind Closed Doors, along with four more new WAG exhibitions, tonight at the WAG.
  • The WAG is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and houses over 27,000 artworks spanning centuries, media, and cultures, including the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.


Behind Closed Doors celebrates exciting contemporary artwork coming out of Winnipeg right now, but with a twist. Often viewers only see the complete ‘finished work' in exhibitions. Behind Closed Doors shares some of the behind-the-scenes perspective, which is really interesting. It’s also intriguing to see pieces from the WAG collection seen through a contemporary lens.”
—Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO

I want to expose the enchantment of a studio visit. A lot of these artists first sketch, then watercolour, then transform the work’s materiality and form through sculpture and installation. In Behind Closed Doors, the audience can actually see that transformation and see the process unfolding.
—Jaimie Isaac, WAG Curator of Indigenous & Contemporary Art and exhibition curator

For more information or to prearrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth. To celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit, the WAG is building the Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world. Set to open 2020, the Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making. 



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