Five decades of building a Canadian art collection
The Confederation Centre Art Gallery will transform this month with one of the Gallery’s largest art exhibitions, RE: collection
Taking over the entire 1,000 square meters of gallery space as well as the concourse cases and the public sculptures around the Centre, the exhibition explores the building of a Canadian art collection in Charlottetown, as both an optimistic mission and a reflection on the evolving country, its history, geography, people, and communities.
RE: collection and the exhibition Gretzky is Everywhere will be celebrated with a Summer Opening Gala on June 17 at 7 pm in the gallery. All are welcome.
“The diverse visions, observations, and ideas of artists represented within the Gallery’s 17,000 piece collection allow us to mark the 150th anniversary with one of our largest exhibitions and publication projects,” remarks Kevin Rice, gallery director. “Collectively, we hope visitors will be delighted and engaged as they are linked to a century and a half of Canadian art as they consider the anniversary celebrations and envision Canada’s future.”
Featured will be selections from the Robert Harris collection; L.M. Montgomery’s novel manuscript for Anne of Green Gables; and the Expo 67 craft collection. Also featured are the commissioned “Confederation Murals,” including Jack Shadbolt’s Flag Mural and Wanda Koop’s Native Fires, 1999, along with a new commission in this series.
“We have commissioned Anishinabe artist Robert Houle to make a new painting which he has titled in Saulteaux, O-ween du muh waum, which translates to We Were Told,” explains Rice.
“This new commission will be installed in June and is a further rumination on the Indigenous figure in Benjamin West’s painting Death of Wolfe,” he continues. “Houle focuses on the Delaware warrior on the Plains of Abraham to underscore the long First Nations history in this land.”
A significant array of other historic, modern, and contemporary works of art-touchstones, signals, images that connect, challenge, and enrich people’s lives, will round out the exhibition.
RE: collection opens on June 17, 2017 and will be on exhibit through the remainder of 2017.