National Gallery of Canada Director and Curator Appointed to the Order fo Canada
Ottawa, Canada - February 21, 2001
« Le directeur et un conservateur du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada reçoivent l'Ordre du Canada »
Last week, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, announced the appointments of Pierre Théberge, Director, National Gallery of Canada as an Officer, and Charles Hill, Curator, Canadian Art, as a Member of the Order of Canada.
Pierre Théberge is a graduate of the Université de Montréal in art history, who also studied at the Courtauld Institute, University of London. From 1986 to 1997, he was Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the driving force behind the renewal of the Museum, as evidenced by outstanding programming designed for specialists, art enthusiasts, and amateurs alike. Popular exhibitions, such as Pablo Picasso: Meeting in Montreal; Leonardo da Vinci: Engineer and Architect; Miró in Montreal; Marc Chagall; Salvador Dalí; Snoopy the Masterpiece; Tintin's Imaginary Museum; Asterix; and Masterpieces in Motion: A Century of Automobile Design have helped to strengthen the Museum's international profile.
As Director of National Gallery of Canada since January 1998, Pierre Théberge has continued to contribute to the visual arts scene in Canada, by building on the National Gallery's exceptional collection of Canadian and international art, and by organizing exhibitions and programming of international acclaim. He has also introduced art publications for the general public, such as Vernissage, a magazine that provides an intelligent and accessible review of Gallery activities, from exhibitions and acquisitions to behind-the-scenes projects, and art publications for scholars, such as the annual art journal Review. Under his leadership, the National Gallery has also presented international travelling exhibitions, such as Terre Sauvage: Canadian Landscape Painting and the Group of Seven, and national travelling exhibitions, such as Impressionist Masterworks from the National Gallery of Canada.
Pierre Théberge has also initiated the National Gallery of Canada's new National Outreach division with the goal to exchange ideas, to collaborate, and to augment partnerships with art museums across the country, thus fulfilling the Gallery's national mandate to share its resources with as many Canadians as possible. As well, a new Public Affairs strategy has been introduced to promote the Gallery's permanent collection and exhibition programming, and to make it more accessible to a wide range of audiences - children, teenagers, families, seniors, art educators, and singles.
Charles Hill is a graduate of McGill University, Montreal and received his M.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto. Employed by the National Gallery of Canada for 29 years, he has held the position of Curator, Canadian Art since 1980. The care, installation and development of the collections of Canadian painting, sculpture and decorative arts created up to 1970, fall under his responsibilities. He has made important contributions to the National Gallery of Canada and its collection of Canadian art.
Charles Hill has organized several exhibitions throughout his career, including: Canadian Painting in the Thirties ; John Vanderpant Photographs ; To Found a National Gallery: The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 1880-1913 ; Morrice A Gift to the Nation. The G. Blair Laing Collection ; William Kurelek ; and The Group of Seven: Art for a Nation. He is the curator responsible for Terre Sauvage: Canadian Landscape Painting and The Group of Seven, an exhibition that has been on tour in Mexico, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. He has also organized a new exhibition of paintings by the artist members of the Group of Seven which will circulate in China in 2001.
As well, Charles Hill has contributed to the Louis-Philippe Hébert exhibition, which, organized by the Musée du Québec, will open in Québec City in June 2001, and travel to Ottawa in October 2001. He is currently working on a major retrospective of the work of Tom Thomson, organized in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, to open in Ottawa in June 2002.
Established in 1967, the Order of Canada, the country's highest honour for lifetime achievement, recognizes people who have made a difference to our country. Appointments are made on the recommendation of an Advisory Council, chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada. The Governor General is Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.
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