Tom Thomson, Trees, Red Hill, and Sunset Sky, fall 1916

Magnetic North: Imagining Canada in Painting, 1910-1940 [Kunsthal Rotterdam]

In the early 20th century, artists such as Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, and members of what would become the Group of Seven, transformed Post-Impressionism techniques into exciting new ways of interpreting the Canadian landscape.

Challenging existing traditions, they left major cities such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver and ventured deep into the Canadian wilderness. Often remaining in the bush for weeks on end, they reimagined the natural world using bold colours, stylized forms, and dynamic brushwork, producing vibrant modernist works that would define Canada and Canadian art for decades to come.

Premiering at Frankfurt’s Schirn KunsthalleMagnetic North features 87 works of art, including 23 works from the National Gallery of Canada. The exhibition also comprise five films, including two by contemporary Indigenous artists: How a People Live, a documentary by filmmaker Lisa Jackson and Mobilize, a short film by artist Caroline Monnet.

Magnetic North was organized by the SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada, with the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Date

Saturday, September 11, 2021 to Sunday, January 9, 2022

Location

Kunsthal Rotterdam
Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341
3015 AA Rotterdam
Netherlands


On Tour

Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
February 5, 2021 - August 29, 2021

Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
September 11, 2021 to January 9, 2022

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Take a closer look at some of the works from the Gallery collection featured in the exhibition.

 

Magnetic North

 

Magnetic North: Imagining Canada in Painting, 1910-1940

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Magnetic North: Imagining Canada in Painting, 1910-1940

This richly illustrated book explores how the Group of Seven and their contemporaries transformed Post-Impressionism techniques into exciting new ways of interpreting the Canadian landscape.


With contributions by Rebecca Herlemann, Ruth Phillips, Carmen Robertson, Jeff Thomas, Georgiana Uhlaryik, Reneée van der Avoird, Martina Weinhart and interviews with Lisa Jackson and Caroline Monnet | Hardcover | 240 pages

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