About

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 world’s best modern and contemporary sculptors come together in Shawinigan

Ottawa, Canada - June 16, 2003

PRESS RELEASE

Les plus grands noms de la sculpture moderne et contemporaine réunis à Shawinigan

 At the invitation of the Cité de l’énergie in Shawinigan, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) is proud to present until October 5 an exhibition of international scope, The Body Transformed. It showcases works of sculpture by some of the world’s best-known modern and contemporary artists. This prestigious exhibition takes place on the site of the oldest industrial complex in North America — an aluminium 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.

Impressed by the beauty and remarkable interior spaces of the buildings, the NGC agreed to participate by presenting the opening exhibition. This gives the Gallery the opportunity to fulfill its mandate to make art known beyond its own walls, throughout the country.

The Body Transformed highlights in a reinvented space outstanding works of sculpture from the National Gallery’s collection and from museums and private lenders from around the world (including the Musée Rodin in Paris, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles Country Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York).

The show, which includes 58 works, is conceived in two parts: eight artists from the late-19th to mid-20 the century whose work ushered in the “new language” of sculptural modernity (Rodin, Degas, Matisse, Picasso, Giacometti, Richier, Calder, and Segal), and eight contemporary artists (Louise Bourgeois, Geneviève Cadieux, Janet Cardiff, Betty Goodwin, William Kentridge, Ron Mueck, Kiki Smith et Bill Viola).

Catalogue, CyberMuse & Bell Audioguide
The National Gallery of Canada produced an 88-page catalogue for The Body Transformed, including 60 colour photographs of the major artworks featured in the exhibition.

The National Gallery’s educational website, CyberMuse (http://cybermuse.gallery.ca), will be the online presence for The Body Transformed, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and available from coast-to-coast.

A Bell audioguide was also developed to accompany The Body Transformed and to further enhance the viewers’ experience. 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 opportunity to discover this grand exhibition in one of the most beautiful industrial buildings in North America.

 

Anne Tanguay
Senior Media Relations Officer
tel. (613) 990-6835
fax (613) 990-9824
atanguay@gallery.ca

Joanne Charette
Director, Public Affairs
tel.  (613) 990-5050
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jcharette@gallery.ca