Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s winter exhibitions present a feast for the eyes

Beaverbrook Art GalleryJanuary 30, 20170 Comments


Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s winter exhibitions present a feast for the eyes

Fredericton, NB, January 30, 2017 -- The Beaverbrook Art Gallery announces new exhibitions to launch its winter season. The exhibitions, Masterworks: Homecoming – A Celebratory Selection from the International Collection and Franz Spohn – Sweet as Art, will offer a feast for the eyes for visitors starting in February. The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery of both new exhibitions on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 5pm.

After its four-year North American tour, Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is finally home once again! While on the road, the Masterworks tour served as a compelling cultural ambassador for the Gallery, and for New Brunswick and Canada. Audiences of all ages across North America came out to see the world-class exhibition, and now the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is pleased to welcome visitors back to view some of the most prized works from its collection.

In this celebratory presentation of Masterworks: Homecoming – A Celebratory Selection from the International Collection, visitors will see a selection of international works drawn from the touring exhibition, many of which have long been popular favourites of both local residents and visitors alike. The exhibition features artworks by Freud, Gainsborough, Constable, Boudin, Delacroix, Matisse, Sickert, Sutherland, and Turner, among many others. 

“We’re very pleased and proud to kick off the year by showcasing one of Canada’s greatest national cultural treasures – our very own extraordinary collection of Masterworks,” says Terry Graff, Director/CEO of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. “This special presentation of some of our most exquisite international works is akin to a family reunion, as these paintings are so familiar to our local audience that they are like family members or old friends. Several generations of New Brunswickers have grown up with them.”

More Masterworks will be featured throughout the year, with a selection of Canadian works opening in the spring. Visitors will need to wait a little while longer for one work, however. While the sheer scale of Salvador Dali's monumental Santiago el Grande means it cannot be included in this presentation, fans can look forward to the fall, when it will be showcased in a purpose-built space in the Gallery's new pavilion.

Also opening on February 11 is a different flavour of masterpiece: Sweet as Art, an exhibition featuring the work of American artist Franz Spohn. 

These large and colourful murals are not made from the typical materials that one might expect. Instead, tens of thousands of gumballs are carefully arranged in transparent acrylic tubes. Spohn plans the murals, then engages visitors to help him create them by filling the tubes with gumballs. 

Together, the gumballs and tubes reveal recreations of some of the most recognizable paintings in the world including Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night (1889) and Claude Monet’s Water Lillies

Last year, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery worked with Spohn to create several sweet murals of famous paintings at various locations around the province. At every stop, members of the public were invited to join Spohn and Gallery staff in creating these murals; so far, five murals have been made, and a sixth will be created on the upcoming opening day, becoming the final work in the exhibition. This exhibition will be the culmination of these public art projects, displaying all of the gumball murals together for the first time.

“Spohn’s gumball mural projects are playful and fun, and they also are strikingly beautiful,” says Jeffrey Spalding, Chief Curator at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. “Each of these large works creates a wall of dazzling patterned colour. Contemporary art is made out of all manner of unexpected materials, however I never would have anticipated hosting an exhibition constructed out of gumballs and cupcake sprinkles; they are a delight.”


About the exhibitions:

Masterworks: Homecoming – A Celebratory Selection from the International Collection is curated by Terry Graff and Jeffrey Spalding and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The exhibition is on display from February 11, 2017 through September 10, 2017. 

Franz Spohn –  Sweet as Art! is curated by Jeffrey Spalding and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The exhibition is on display from February 11, 2017 through April 9, 2017.

About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and International works of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery “enriches life through art”. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery enriches life through art.
La Galerie d'art Beaverbrook enrichit la vie par l'art.

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Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Manager of Communications and Visitor Services
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3E 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-2039
Fax: (506) 458-2028

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