Masterworks Mania!

Beaverbrook Art GalleryApril 30, 20150 Comments

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery Celebrates the Return of Masterworks: Even More Masterworks; Enhanced Visitor Experience; International Lecture Series; Special Programming for all ages.

Fredericton, NB, April 30, 2015 – Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will open Saturday, May 2nd, at 4 pm, after spending two years touring North America. These 75 iconic and favourite works of art, augmented for their home presentation by an additional forty artworks not featured in the touring exhibition, by some of the world’s most prominent artists – Turner, Carr, Sargent, Constable, Delacroix, Gainsborough, Copley, Sisley, Matisse, Freud, Dali, and many, many more – will once again grace the walls of the Gallery in a spectacular blockbuster presentation occupying the main floor of the Gallery. This special occasion marks the first time these beloved and extraordinary treasures will be displayed in New Brunswick since their departure at the end of 2012. Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will be on view until August 23rd, 2015.

The Gallery’s world-renowned collection of Masterworks is one of Canada’s greatest national cultural treasures, the most valuable art collection in Atlantic Canada, and one of the most significant collections of British art in North America. Terry Graff, Director/CEO and Chief Curator comments, “Even if you saw ‘Masterworks’ in Winnipeg or Calgary or Mobile or Palm Beach, you won’t want to miss seeing it in Fredericton, New Brunswick, because it’s something very different and special. We have created a magnificent visual feast for our visitors by including many additional masterworks, as well as related sketches and studies. It’s the biggest, most nuanced, and most spectacular installation of the Beaverbrook’s most extraordinary works of art that has been assembled since Lord Beaverbrook officially opened the Gallery in 1959!”

To enrich the experience of these signature works, a free, international lecture series in May will provide a forum for experts on particular artists to share their passion and knowledge with visitors. Five lectures will take place, featuring Elliott King, PhD, on Salvador Dali: From Surrealism to Pop (May 7 at 7 pm); William Feaver on Lucian Freud: Life and Art (May 14 at 7 pm); Katerina Atanassova, MA, PhD (cand.), on Canadian Art in a Global Context (May 21 at 7 pm); David Adams Richards, CM, ONB, on Beaverbrook: the Extraordinary Canadian (May 24 at 4 pm); and Sally Moss, DipAD Fine Art, BA Hons, FRSA, on Graham Sutherland’s Correspondences: Nature and Machines (May 28 at 7 pm). These lectures are free and open to all.

To further enhance visitors’ enjoyment of the exhibition, a new audio tour will be available, daily tours will be offered, and a slate of special programming will be scheduled during the summer season. The audio tour is available in both languages, and features thirty-one of the works on display. It will be available on standalone devices available for rent, as well as online on any mobile device through a mobile website built on the OnCell Toursphere platform. This online audio guide will be free to use, and can be used via complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the Gallery. This mobile website will be accessible outside of the Gallery, as well.

In-person guided tours will be offered daily in both languages, from May 8 to August 21. English tours will be offered at 10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm; French tours will be offered at 11 am and 2 pm (Tours on Sundays will only take place during our regular opening hours, 12 to 5). Free with admission, these tours will introduce visitors to some of the stories behind the works. For those visitors looking for a more in-depth opportunity to discover some of the most beloved Masterworks, special tours will be offered weekly, every Friday at 3 pm, during this same period.

For those looking for a creative outlet, two workshops will be offered as part of the Masterworks special programming: The Sky’s the Limit, an adult workshop with Jennifer Pazienza, will take place on the evening of June 12, and Painting with the Masters, a workshop with Kris Leblanc for youth ages 8 to 12, will take place over five Saturdays in May.

Finally, the hard-cover book, Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, as well as a wide assortment of new merchandise related to the exhibition, is on sale in the Gallery Shop.

The presentation of Masterworks on its North American tour has been met with great fanfare and tremendous reception at five venues so far, and will continue to the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia, Ontario, following its home presentation. Most recently, when the exhibition opened at the Winnipeg Art Gallery alongside a Dalí exhibition, it saw a new record set for an opening at the WAG, with over 4,000 people in attendance over its first 24 hours.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery Gallery looks forward to welcoming visitors to join in celebration of Lord Beaverbrook’s vision of bringing world-class works of art to the people of New Brunswick, and in celebration of the rich artistic heritage housed in New Brunswick’s provincial art gallery.

Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is curated by Terry Graff. It is organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and supported by the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, by Presenting Sponsor TD Bank Group, and by the law firm of McInnes Cooper. More information is available online at beaverbrookartgallery.org.

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