New Walls, New Art: Pavilion Opening Brings New Exhibitions to a Bigger and Better Beaverbrook

Beaverbrook Art GalleryOctober 11, 20170 Comments


New Walls, New Art:
Pavilion Opening Brings New Exhibitions to a Bigger and Better Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Fredericton, New Brunswick, October 11, 2017 – With its opening weekend celebration just around the corner, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has announced the inaugural exhibitions for its new pavilion’s galleries. Two new temporary exhibitions, as well as a number of feature installations, will open alongside the pavilion. The public is cordially invited to celebrate these new exhibitions, as well as the new pavilion, at a free event on October 15, 2017, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.

In the Jean E. Irving River Gallery, visitors will find 24 Tree Studies for Henry David Thoreau, 2001-2003. This exhibition of large-scale photographic works by renowned New Brunswick artist Thaddeus Holownia features a revisiting and re-experience of Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.

“Through his work, Thaddeus Holownia has had a profound effect on the way we view the world,” writes Corkin Gallery. “He lives in tune with Thoreau's belief that living simply and in touch with nature makes the largest impact.

“Individual trees exhibit traces of their interaction with the environment, their habitat and other species. The earliest stages of their growth nestle in the core of each trunk. Like humans, they live in symbiosis, encapsulating the memory of their existence in an ordered hierarchy from sapling to lofty giant. In this sublime installation of photographs, Holownia recreates the forest at Walden Pond.”

Holownia is head of the Department of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. His works have been exhibited internationally and are included in major private and public collections throughout North America.

Chief Curator Jeffrey Spalding, CM, adds: “Holownia is one of the most distinguished, internationally recognized artists working in New Brunswick, and it is our great pleasure to present this important suite of his works.”

The Elizabeth A. Currie Gallery on the Green will feature modernist masterpieces as its first exhibition. Loaned from a private collection for this exhibition, Masters of Modernism: Selections from The Currie Collection beautifully showcases this important and revolutionary period in art history. Included in this exhibition are works by William Ronald, Jean McEwen, Jules Olitski, Jack Bush, and more.

Spalding comments on the impact the architecture and occasion of the new pavilion had on artworks: “The opening of our extraordinary new pavilion called out for us to follow dramatic paths in the selection of our exhibitions. The cathedral-like exhibition spaces mean the art selected had to rise to this challenge.”

“With a designated focus on abstract and modern art, large and vibrant abstract works from mid-century were a natural choice. The Curries have graciously consented to the loan of outstanding works from their personal collection. The Olitski work displayed is one of the most beautiful and subtle paintings of this period; it is complemented by superb large-scale works by the most renowned Canadian exponents of modernist abstraction. The focus on this period is further echoed through some of our other exhibitions, including Oscar Cahén and the York Wilson works on view.”

With many works dating to the mid-twentieth century, this exhibition references the early days of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery by featuring a number of works that would have been new when the Gallery first opened in 1959, all the while featuring these works in one of its newest spaces.

In addition to these two temporary exhibitions, on view until January 2018, the Gallery’s pavilion opening will also mark the opening of a number of feature installations, as well as the return of many masterworks – and more – in the International Wing. In the new pavilion, visitors will see works celebrating emerging artists in the Emerging Artists Gallery; works on paper by York Wilson, showcasing part of the monumental gift made by the York Wilson Foundation; folk art from the Gallery’s permanent collection; and more.

The weekend will also feature the return of the beloved and sought after Salvador Dalí masterwork, Santiago el Grande, which has been part of the Gallery’s collection since it opened in 1959, and on display almost continuously since. The work will be showcased in a purpose-built feature gallery in the new pavilion.

“Our pavilion’s opening weekend will be an opportunity to celebrate and showcase not only a brand-new expansion to our facility, but also to celebrate and showcase engaging and inspiring works of art” says Beaverbrook Art Gallery Interim Director/CEO Bernard Riordon, OC. “We invite all New Brunswickers, and visitors to our province, to take part in this celebration.”

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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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Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-2039

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