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

Noah’s Ark sets sail for Shawinigan

Shawinigan, Quebec - April 14, 2004

L’arche de Noé vogue vers Shawinigan

Following the remarkable success of The Body Transformed in 2003, the National Gallery of Canada is pleased to announce its return to the Former Shawinigan Aluminum Smelter Complex this summer with a new and equally spectacular exhibition.

Noah’s Ark, on display at the Cité de l’énergie site from 12 June to 3 October 2004, uses the Old Testament narrative as a metaphor to explore modern and contemporary artists’ rapport with the animal world.

The exhibition showcases works by some 25 artists, including Modern masters such as Barye, Brancusi, Bugatti, Degas and Picasso, and contemporary artists such as Stephan Balkenhol, Louise Bourgeois, Joe Fafard, Douglas Gordon, Ydessa Hendeles, Brian Jungen, Ron Mueck and Kiki Smith.

“Through its affectionate, solemn, formal and symbolic depictions of the animal kingdom, Noah’s Ark delivers powerful statements about the dignity of the animal spirit, and humanity’s relationship to animals,” says Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada.

The outstanding works of sculpture, film, video and painting in the exhibition are drawn from the National Gallery’s collections and museums and private collections the world over. Noah’s Ark is organized by the National Gallery of Canada and presented by the Cité de l’énergie.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating once again with the National Gallery,” says Robert Trudel, Director of the Cité de l’énergie. “Noah’s Ark gives art lovers a great reason to visit Shawinigan this summer and see the 1,000 m2 gallery expansion.”

Noah’s Ark will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue as well as an engaging and informative Bell Audioguide to enhance the visitor’s experience.

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Anouk Hoedeman
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