Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

The exciting sixties featured at the National Gallery of Canada

Montréal - April 30, 2003


 « L'effervescente période des années soixante en vedette au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada » 

 In conjunction with a Canadian-wide series of exhibitions to celebrate the outpouring of artistic activity in Canada in the 1960s, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) today announced The Sixties in Canada, a major exhibition planned for winter 2005.

The art world and society as a whole still treasure the memory of the extraordinary decade of the sixties. Who could forget the revolutionary and highly creative forms of artistic and happenings that characterized the period?

Visitors to the exhibition The Sixties in Canada will rediscover the artists who challenged and dissolved the boundaries between artistic disciplines in a way that reflected the societal upheavals of the time.

Bringing together some one hundred works, including several large-format pieces, the exhibition will highlight the variety of artistic expression that flowered during the sixties: neo-dadaism and pop art, minimalism, experiments in joining art and technology as influenced blending mass media, modernist paintings, the beginnings of conceptual art in photography, the modernization of Aboriginal Canadian art, and the first experimental films and the first video creations.

Inviting displays
The Library will present its own sixties show. Catalogues and lists of works, postcards and posters produced by the National Gallery in the sixties will be displayed in the Library'ss showcases. Along with them will be photographs, press clippings and archival records on the period, drawn from the collections of the Library and the Archives.

With this exhibition, you will have the opportunity to get back to these fascinating times which are still, in some ways, with us today.


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