Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery reveals its Nature in Shawinigan this summer

Shawinigan, Quebec - April 7, 2005

The National Gallery of Canada is going back to nature this summer. For the third year in a row, Canada’s premier art museum is presenting an exhibition of contemporary art at La Cité de l’énergie in Shawinigan, Quebec. From 11 June to 2 October 2005, Elements of Nature will highlight works by artists inspired by forms and forces of nature.
In Elements of Nature, contemporary Canadian and international artists such as Irene Whittome, Paterson Ewen, Liz Magor, Michael Snow, Ah Xian and Giuseppe Penone interpret aspects of natural phenomena and contemplate humanity’s sense of identity and place in relation to the natural world. The exhibition’s 45 sculptures, installations, paintings and multimedia works are drawn from the permanent collection of the National Gallery, as well as from public and private collections in Germany, Italy, the United States and Australia.

“I cannot imagine a more unique and fitting environment for this artistic exploration of the natural world,” says Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada and curator of the exhibition Elements of Nature. “Shawinigan owes its very existence to the confluence of nature and human industry in the late 19th century, when construction began on a hydroelectric dam to harness the power of the St. Maurice River.

“La Cité de l’énergie, the site of Canada’s first aluminum smelter, now house art instead of machinery, making the restored foundry an appropriate monument not only to Shawinigan’s contribution to Canadian industry, but also to the promise of nature that has been one of Canada’s artistic legacies,” Théberge adds.

Elements of Nature is expected to bring art lovers from across Canada and around the world to Shawinigan.

“We are very happy to be collaborating with the National Gallery for a third summer exhibition,” says Robert Trudel, Director of La Cité de l’énergie. “Elements of Nature will add greatly to the attractions that draw people from near and far to Shawinigan, just as the exhibition The Body Transformed did in 2003, and Noah’s Ark did last summer.”

Elements of Nature will be accompanied by a bilingual audioguide and a fully illustrated catalogue.


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