The National Gallery of Canada presents a major exhibition in the Mauricie region
Ottawa, Canada - March 13, 2003PRESS RELEASE
Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada présente une exposition majeure dans la région de la Mauricie
At the invitation of the Cité de l'énergie in Shawinigan, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) will present an exhibition of international scope, The Body Transformed, starting June 15. It will showcase works of sculpture by some of the world's best-known modern and contemporary artists. This prestigious exhibition will take place on the site of the oldest industrial complex in North America -an aluminum smelter, which was recently designated a Canadian national historic site.
Built on an exceptional site, the Cité de l'énergie highlights the rich industrial and scientific heritage of Shawinigan. In 2001, Alcan gave the Cité eleven of the twelve buildings of the Ancienne-Aluminerie-de-Shawinigan. Because it wanted to develop the artistic component of its heritage mission by attracting contemporary art exhibitions of an international scope, the Cité restored two of these magnificent brick and steel buildings, erected in 1900-1902 and 1905-1907 - then turned to the National Gallery of Canada for the next step.
The Body Transformed will bring together major works by contemporary Canadian and foreign artists under the theme of approaches to the body, with milestone works from the history of modern sculpture by masters such as Rodin, Matisse, Degas, Picasso, Giacometti, Calder and Georges Segal. Contemporary art will be represented by Janet Cardiff, currently one of the most celebrated Canadian artists, Betty Goodwin, Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Geneviève Cadieux, Bill Viola and William Kentridge.
Visitors will be invited to discover close to 70 works by investigating the formal, intellectual or emotional relations among the various ways the artists have represented the human condition through the human body, as metaphor, symbol and reality distilled. Of the works on display, fifteen are from the NGC collection. They will be surrounded by works on loan from several North American and European museums such as Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington; the Musée Rodin, Paris; and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.
This magnificent project has benefited from an intense and fruitful cooperation between the National Gallery of Canada and the Cité de l'énergie. Visitors will not want to miss the official opening of this grand exhibition in one of the most beautiful industrial buildings in North America.
The Body Transformed exhibition will run from 15 June to 5 October 2003.