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 drops anchor in Shawinigan

Ottawa, Canada - June 9, 2004

L’arche de Noé jette l’ancre à Shawinigan

Forget Mount Ararat — the place to see Noah’s Ark this summer is in Shawinigan, where the National Gallery of Canada is presenting a dramatic new art exhibition from 12 June to 3 October 2004.
Noah’s Ark, on display in the transformed industrial spaces of the Former Shawinigan Aluminum Smelter Complex, showcases outstanding animal works by some 25 artists. These include 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.

Artists have been depicting animals since prehistoric times, reflecting the changing relationships between man and beast.

“The once symbiotic relationship between humans and animals has been transformed over time to one of domination by man, marginalization and sentimental attachment,” says Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada. “Noah’s Ark uses the Old Testament narrative as a metaphor to explore artists’ regard — affectionate, dispassionate, formal, symbolic, humorous, solemn, or portentous — for animals and their spirit.”

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 La Cité de l’énergie.

“Following the huge success of last summer’s The Body Transformed, we are pleased to collaborate once again with the National Gallery of Canada,” says Robert Trudel, Director of La Cité de l’énergie. “La Cité de l’énergie takes pride in offering such a wonderful artistic and cultural event to local residents as well as to tourists from across Canada and around the world.”

An illustrated catalogue and a Bell Audioguide are available to further enrich visitors’ experience as they embark on the voyage of Noah’s Ark.

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