Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Ottawa Exhibition

PM Declares Exhibit Open
Penticton Herald
21 Feb 1975

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An article on the opening of Canadian Painting in the Thirties at the National Gallery of Canada, where some guests wore straw boaters or feather boas, as suggested by the Gallery?s volunteer association. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, accompanied by his wife, officially opened the exhibition of over 100 paintings, which will later go on a national tour. The show examines the period from the 1920s, with the work of the Group of Seven, to the beginning of World War II.


Images of the exhibition's installation, the opening ceremony and official visits.

Media Coverage

Almost 200 newspaper and magazine articles in English, French and other languages: reviews, details of the Canadian tour, lectures, films and special events.


Audio clip of curator Charles Hill interviewed by CBC's Carol Bishop. Includes Pierre Trudeau's opening speech.

NFB Film

Derek May's 1977 documentary Pictures From the 1930s looks at the exhibition in the context of the Depression, with newsreel footage of the day.