The National Gallery of Canada’s summer exhibition The 1930s: The Making of “The New Man” opens powerful new window on the history of the 1930s
Ottawa - June 4, 2008
Power, pathos, beauty and destructive force are all words that characterize the National Gallery of Canada’s (NGC) summer exhibition, The 1930’s: The Making of “The New Man.” Presented by the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, this rich and thought-provoking exhibition comprises 206 works, created by some the most celebrated artists of the 20th century.
Opening to the public on June 6, it will be on view exclusively at the NGC until September 7, 2008. Many of the works featured have rarely been on public display and it is the first exhibition to explore the link between art and biology during the turbulent times of the 1930s. For more detailed information, please visit the exhibition’s site at www.gallery.ca/1930.
The 1930’s: The Making of “The New Man” brings together paintings, sculptures, and photographs by 103 European and North American artists including Jean Arp, Vassily Kandinsky, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalί, Alberto Giacometti, August Sander, Diego Rivera, Alex Colville, Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Ivan Albright and Walker Evans. These works are grouped together under nine themes: Genesis, Convulsive Beauty, “The Will to Power,” The Making of “The New Man”, Mother Earth, The Appeal of Classicism, “Faces of our Time,” “Crowds and Power,” and The Charnel House.
Over 95% of the works presented in this exhibition are loans secured from some of the most prestigious public and private collections in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Spain, Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the United States and Canada.
The organizing committee was chaired by NGC Director, Mr. Pierre Théberge. Its members comprised curators from internationally recognized institutions: Jean Clair, Commissaire of the exhibition and former director of the Musée Picasso, Paris; Didier Ottinger, Senior Curator of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou; Constance Naubert-Riser, Honorary Professor of Art History at the Université de Montréal, Ann Thomas, Curator of Photographs at the NGC, and Mayo Graham, Director of National Outreach and International Relations at the NGC.
“The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is proud to present The 1930s: The Making of "The New Man",” said the Chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors, Thomas P. d'Aquino. “This ambitious exhibition holds exceptional artistic value as it sheds light on a troubling yet fascinating period in world history. We congratulate Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada, and the exhibition’s curatorial committee for their dedicated vision and commitment to this important project. We also wish to take this opportunity to thank our numerous patrons, whose generosity towards the National Gallery and the Foundation allows us to support vital initiatives such as this."
There is a full range of educational activities connected with this exhibition. For more information, please visit www.gallery.ca.
A softcover catalogue in English and French accompanies this exhibition edited by Jean Clair, guest curator of the The 1930s: The Making of “The New Man.” Nearly 400 pages in length, it contains 210 rich colour illustrations with works by some of the most celebrated artists in the exhibition including Salvador Dalί, Pablo Picasso, Vassily Kandinsky, Max Ernst, August Sander, Alexander Rodchenko, Lisette Model, Jean Arp, Jackson Pollock, Walker Evans and Diego Rivera.
The catalogue also includes essays by Éric Michaud, author of The Cult of Art in Nazi Germany (Stanford University Press); Laura Bossi; Sander L. Gilman, author of Freud, Race and Gender (Princeton University Press); Didier Ottinger of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Jean Clair, former director of the Musée Picasso, Paris. Available at a cost of $70 CDN, it is on sale at the NGC’s Bookstore or online at www.shopngc.ca.
Bell Audio Guide
A Bell audioguide accompanies this exhibition at a cost of $6. Some works also have verbal descriptions for visitors who are blind or have visual impairments.
About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. In addition, it has pre-eminent collections of Inuit, Western and European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, American and Asian Art, as well as drawings and photography. Created in 1880, it is among the oldest of Canada’s national, cultural institutions. As part of its mandate to make Canadian art accessible across the country, the NGC has one of the largest touring art exhibition programs in North America. For more information, visit www.gallery.ca.
About the National Gallery of Canada Foundation
The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to supporting the National Gallery and its affiliate, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP), in fulfilling their mandates. By fostering strong partnerships, the Foundation provides the Gallery and the CMCP with the additional financial support required to lead Canada's visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally. The blend of public support and private philanthropy enables the National Gallery of Canada to preserve and interpret Canada's visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred gifts, including for special projects and endowments. To find out more about the NGC Foundation, visit www.ngcfoundation.ca.
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