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Jul 8 Oct 24 '22
Embodied knowledge is a type of understanding where the body knows how to act – like breathing or riding a bike. It is somewhat difficult to write about. It is rooted in feelings and processes that happen in relation to others and in relation to the world. It emerges out of lived experience. It is learned and shared through actions and practices. Transmissions is an exhibition exploring the emerging and passing on of knowledge through embodied processes.
To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat
Jun 26 Oct 17 '22
To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat is a celebration of diversity and an urgent call to action around issues of racial marginalization. Artist Esmaa Mohamoud explores the ways in which Black bodies at once appear—and yet are rendered metaphorically invisible—within the spaces they navigate.
Bringing Art To You
Schools and communities are invited to learn about contemporary art and artists from the four regions of Nunangat, the Inuit homeland in Canada. Viewers will leave the experience with a greater understanding of our land and its people. And the best part is…we are bringing art to you!
Emerging from the Lines
The Drawings & Studies of Ivan Eyre
May 13 Sep 25 '22
The sketches, drawings, studies, repeated images, and unfinished works of Ivan Eyre allow us a glimpse into the artist’s process. Produced with a freer hand, using economical, malleable materials like paper, board, ink pens, graphite, and coloured pencils, drawing allowed for what Eyre described as “fewer distractions” for ideas to emerge.
During summer months, the WAG’s Rooftop Sculpture Garden is open for all to enjoy! A striking selection of 20th and 21st century bronze, steel, and stone sculptures by Canadian and European artists will keep you company.
Trees, Lakes, Prairies, Mountains
Western Canadian Landscapes in the Phillips Era
May 7 Sep 9 '22
At first glance, landscape paintings tend to conduct themselves as transparent historical documents, showing us a clear image of the environments upon which our contemporary lives were built. This exhibition explores the landscapes of western Canada through the aestheticized lenses of Walter J. Phillips and a selection of his contemporaries.
Inuit Embodied Practices and Meanings
Apr 23 Jul 30 '22
In many communities and nations, Indigenous cultural practices have been pushed underground by colonizing forces. Kakiniit Hivonighijotaa: Inuit Embodied Practices and Meanings highlights the strength and resilience of Inuit culture in the face of intense suppression.
A Hard Birth
Mar 19 Sep 3 '22
Kwaata-nihtaawakihk – A Hard Birth will prompt you to reflect on the Métis nation’s role in Manitoba’s creation and consider the significance of the events of 1869-70 in relation to our current times.
View from Here
The first impressions of the enormous works in Wanda Koop’s View from Here are starkness and intensity. The evocative paintings feature prominent landscapes composed within the bald outline of a face, erasing the comfortable familiarity we have with both landscape and portrait.
Library of Babel - A Retrospective
Jan 22 May 15 '22
Cliff Eyland: Library of Babel – A Retrospective celebrates the life and work of the late Canadian artist, curator, writer and educator, Cliff Eyland. The exhibition mixes more than one thousand of Eyland’s signature 3×5″ paintings and drawings with videos, photographs, digital prints, and selected archival documents to explore his ambitious forty-year career.
Dec 18 '21 Apr 10 '22
This sculptural installation by contemporary Canadian ceramicist, Greg Payce is an exciting new acquisition to the WAG’s permanent collection generously gifted to the Gallery by the artist.
Winnipeg School Division x WAG Studio
Dec 16 '21 Jun 6 '22
This year marks the Winnipeg School Division’s 150 anniversary celebration and 86 years of partnership between the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Winnipeg School Division.
The Surrealist Impulse: Ivan Eyre & Dalla Husband
Nov 20 '21 May 8 '22
This exhibition pairs a selection of Ivan Eyre drawings and paintings from the APC Collection with paintings, prints, and drawings by Dalla Husband from the WAG Collection to explore the techniques and influence of Surrealism on the creative practices of both artists.
Manitoba as Muse
Walter J. Phillips
Nov 6 '21 Apr 24 '22
Walter J. Phillips lived and worked in Winnipeg, Manitoba from 1913 – 1940. This exhibition celebrates Phillips’ depiction of the province during this period by featuring a selection of his paintings, prints, and drawings referencing Manitoban related subject matter – particularly landscape imagery, and botanical foliage.
Your permanent collection is back on view! Revisit old favourites from our European & Canadian collections, plus a few lesser-seen works.
Sep 11 Nov 7 '21
Tapume means “construction hoarding” in Portuguese. For this project, the covered sidewalk-hoarding of the Qaumajuq construction site, which was originally installed adjacent to the exterior of the WAG, will be re-installed inside the Gallery by artist and architect, Eduardo Aquino.
Heartbeat of a Nation
Metis Women, 250 Years
Aug 20 Nov 20 '21
Tracy Charette Fehr has traced her grandmother’s history all the way back to 1770 until 2020 which marks 250 years. For Heartbeat of a Nation, Fehr has created 250 handmade, smoke fired bowls which represent those years and honour the lives of Métis women.
To Draw Water
Aug 14 '21 Feb 6 '22
The first Winnipeg Indigenous Triennial looks at water and our changing environment from an Indigenous perspective and with an international scope.
The Alloways’ Gift
The Winnipeg Foundation
Apr 27 Sep 12 '21
Commemorating The Winnipeg Foundation’s Centennial Anniversary, a series of archival photographs, rare artifacts, and paintings illustrating the early days of land, business, and community development in Winnipeg.
Apr 27 Sep 12 '21
Piecing together the multiple, intersecting histories of Winnipeg and the Indigenous peoples of the Red River settlement.
May - September
This unique mobile exhibition will travel across the province to your communities and schools for years to come! It all starts this May in celebration of Qaumajuq, the new Inuit art centre at the WAG, and Manitoba’s 150th anniversary of being a province.
Qaumajuq's inaugural show
Until February 2023
INUA is the inaugural exhibition of Qaumajuq, the new Inuit art centre at the WAG. See work by over 90 Inuit artists working across Inuit Nunangat and beyond.
Visitors to WAG-Qaumajuq can experience art before coming inside! Check out the sculptures outside Qaumajuq and the WAG – see works by Goota Ashoona, Abraham Anghik Ruben, and Ivan Eyre, all for free!
Feb 14 Aug 6 '21
In celebration of the opening of Qaumajaq, the Inuit art centre, the WAG curatorial team have installed Jonathan Jones’s untitled (infinity).
Born in Power
Nov 14 '20 Aug 16 '21
Born in Power considers the power of photography and film to capture and create constructs of identity. This exhibition unpacks the history of photography as a colonial tool, an imperial weapon of racial violence and objectification.
Porcelain, Silver, and Master Drawings at the WAG
Nov 7 '20 Nov 8 '21
The Decorative Arts have been, and continue to be, an important component of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s collection and exhibition activity.
Reflections from Manitoba
Oct 10 '20 May 16 '21
In Place celebrates a selection of recurring themes relevant to Manitoban artists over the past fifty years (1970 – today).
Oct 10 '20 Jun 19 '22
Inuit fashion designers are becoming increasingly popular and in demand – and to celebrate the next generation of Inuit designers, this exhibition will look at fashionable accessories and jewellery from generations past.
Terrains and Botanicals
Walter J. Phillips and Linda Fairfield Stechesen
Aug 31 '20 May 30 '21
Pairing landscape paintings by Walter J. Phillips with the botanical illustrations of Linda Fairfield Stechesen, this exhibition represents the ecology of the Prairies from two very different, yet complimentary approaches, giving us a fuller picture of the natural world.
The Silhouettes and Cutaways of Ivan Eyre
Aug 17 '20 May 30 '21
This exhibition presents a selection of Ivan Eyre’s series of “silhouettes”, and “cutaways”. It also studies his fascination with using everyday structures, such as the windowsill or a common packing box as a framing device. For Eyre, these structures were a gateway for “looking through”—and beyond—physical reality as we may commonly perceive it.
Feb 7 '20 Nov 7 '21
Storytelling is one of the most important aspects of Inuit culture, passed down by elders through generations to enrich and enlighten.
Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut
May 25 Nov 15 '18
Nunatsiavut, the Inuit region of Canada that achieved self-government in 2005, produces art that is distinct within the world of Canadian and circumpolar Inuit art.
Women Artists in Canada, 1900-1960
Apr 21 Nov 25 '18
This exhibition features work by more than 30 groundbreaking women artists of the Modernist period in Canada, who not only challenged artistic conventions but defied constraints on women’s roles in the decades after the Victorian era.
Apr 19 Nov 13 '18
organic, an intimate exhibition featuring Tess Michalik (New York, NY) and Chantal Dupas (Winnipeg, MB) is a mélange of Michalik’s colorful, sumptuously layered oil floral paintings with Dupas’ finely drawn and meticulously painted botanical illustrations.
Norval Morrisseau and Abraham Anghik Ruben
Apr 19 Nov 13 '18
Shaman Stories brings together the work of two highly influential artists for whom the human and spirit worlds, and the messengers who navigate those worlds-shamans-loom large.
Linda Fairfield Stechesen
Feb 17 Jul 4 '18
Fairfield Stechesen’s artistic project, which she referred to as “The Garden,” is a testament to the Portage la Prairie-raised artist’s passion for and knowledge of the flora of this province.
Feb 3 Dec 6 '18
This exhibition is redemptive and uplifting, reminding each one of us how beautiful life is, and what a gift.
Nov 25 '17 Apr 8 '18
NGC@WAG’s 12th exhibition to date brings the work of David Altmejd to Winnipeg. The Vessel (2011) features plaster casts of the artist’s hands which serve as heads of graceful swans in flight.
A Personal Journey
Oct 28 '17 Apr 15 '18
For over 60 years, Pitaloosie Saila has contributed to the Cape Dorset print collections. She is the sole remaining active artist from the earliest years of printmaking in the community with a remarkable body of work: roughly 1,450 drawings and over 165 prints.
Sep 22 '17 Apr 22 '18
This collection considers political insurgency and cultural resurgence to radically shift our understanding of Canada, now and in the future.
Landscapes and Still Lifes
Sep 15 Dec 31 '17
Landscapes & Still Lifes incorporates a selection of 11 paintings from the WAG’s permanent collection by one of Manitoba’s most renowned artists.
A Woman's Story in Stone
May 21 Sep 11 '17
This exhibition is the first retrospective of work by Oviloo Tunnillie (1949-2014), one of the most respected Inuit sculptors from the Canadian Arctic.
Picasso: Man and Beast
The Vollard Suite of Prints
May 12 Aug 13 '17
Acquired in 1957, the entire Suite is rarely displayed due to its fragility, and only a handful of the original complete sets remain in the world. Exploring the tension between man and beast that often characterized Picasso and his work, The Vollard Suite represents both the civilizing nature of art and provocative yet quintessential representation of Picasso’s “beast within.”
Picasso in Canada
May 12 Aug 13 '17
Get ready for Manitoba’s first major showcase of work by Pablo Picasso in over 40 years. This summer, the WAG presents Picasso in Canada and Picasso: Man and Beast, two exhibitions highlighting the many sides of Picasso, who remains one of the greatest artists of all time.
The Governor General’s Awards
in Visual and Media Arts 2017
Apr 8 Sep 4 '17
Celebrating the best and brightest in Canadian contemporary art and craft, this year’s Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts exhibition will showcase the work of eight outstanding laureates: Michèle Cournoyer, Mike Hoolboom, Shelagh Keeley, Glenn Lewis, Landon Mackenzie, Philip Monk, Shelley Niro, and Pamela Ritchie.
A Century of the Still Life at the WAG
Feb 17 May 23 '17
Artists have been creating still life paintings for centuries. In fact, it’s one of the oldest genres in the history of art. At first glance, the still life may appear uncomplicated. Its components – flowers, plants, domestic articles, and foodstuffs – are familiar with everyday life.
Starting with Rodin
Jan 7 Apr 30 '17
Starting with Rodin brings together nearly 30 works of art from the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s permanent collection to reflect on the looming presence of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) in art history, his adaptation of earlier classical themes, and impact on later modernists.
Dec 16 '16 Apr 10 '17
Using a pantograph-like device that aided with the reproduction of sculptures in various sizes and materials, Rodin created a colossal version (double in size to the original) in 1902 as an independent work.
Vernon Ah Kee
Nov 19 '16 May 21 '17
This large video, text, portraiture, and surfboard exhibition is by Australian contemporary artist Vernon Ah Kee. Ah Kee relies on his Aboriginal identity as a framework to produce art; his Indigenous familial identities are intrinsic to his work.
Skate, snow, surf
Now on view at Museum of Vancouver, British Columbia until October 2022.
The Man Who Made Time Stand Still
The Photographs of Harold Edgerton
Oct 16 '16 Mar 13 '17
The iconic photographs of American artist and engineer Harold “Doc” Edgerton (1903-1990) offer a view of the undetectable.
Jun 11 Oct 2 '16
Winnipeg’s own Karel Funk is known for his mesmerizing portraits of lone figures. As the largest and first true survey of his work, this retrospective brings together paintings from across North America.
Jun 11 Nov 2 '16
In Anishnaabemowin, qua’yuk tchi’gae’win means “the honour of righting a wrong.”
Chagall & Winnipeg
May 28 Sep 11 '16
In conjunction with Chagall: Daphnis & Chloé, this focus exhibit tells the little-known tale of friendship that developed between Chagall and former WAG Director, Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt, through a series of letters, photographs, and artworks.
Daphnis & Chloé
May 28 Sep 11 '16
Russian-born Jewish artist Marc Chagall was a pioneer of modernism. Picasso proclaimed that after Matisse, “Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is.”
May 28 Oct 16 '16
The WAG presented Esther Warkov’s first solo exhibition in 1964. Since then, the Gallery has acquired nearly 50 works by Warkov, spanning her career as one of Manitoba’s most distinctive artists.
Contemporary Art from the Arctic
Apr 30 '16 Mar 27 '17
Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic is the result of a collaboration between the GN and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The title, “Our Land,” is the translation of the Inuktitut word “Nunavut”.
Government of Nunavut and Winnipeg Art Gallery
A Historic Partnership
Apr 4 Jun 2 '16
The partnership between the WAG and the Governments of Nunavut and Manitoba allows the public to experience the rarely-seen collection until it has a permanent home in Nunavut. Marvel at some of the carvings and wall-hangings from the approximately 7,500 works on loan to the WAG for five years.
Through the Eyes of a Child
Mar 28 May 23 '16
Catch a glimpse of what it’s like to see Through the Eyes of a Child. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Through the…
Modern Day Heroes
A Collection of Photographs by Ian McCausland
Dec 18 '15 Jun 7 '16
As part of the Olympus exhibition, the WAG is partnering with local athletes and organizations to celebrate modern day gods and goddesses.
Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven
Sep 19 '15 Jun 19 '16
The WAG holds in trust a total of 94 works of art by the founding members of the Group of Seven.
Formed in 1920 as a friendly gathering of like-minded artists at Toronto’s Arts and Letters Club, the Group is today a celebrated institution within Canadian art history. Their reputation was forged at a crucial time, during this country’s coming of age following World War I. The Group’s legacy was secured after they officially disbanded in 1933.