From June 25 to October 2, 2016, the Art Gallery of Windsor will present the exhibition 1920s MODERNISM IN MONTREAL: THE BEAVER HALL GROUP. Produced and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), the exhibition has already been seen by over 100,000 visitors in Montreal and Hamilton. It is the first exhibition ever devoted to the Beaver Hall Group, the group of Montreal artists whose production gave new impetus to artistic life in the city and across Canada during the interwar period.
Visitors will have the opportunity to admire over 140 works by Canadian artists, including Adrien Hébert, Prudence Heward, Edwin Holgate, Lilias Torrance Newton and Anne Savage, who applied a modern touch to their portraits and humanized cityscapes and landscapes.
The exhibition’s curators are Jacques Des Rochers, Curator of Quebec and Canadian Art (before 1945) at the MMFA, and Brian Foss, Director, School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University, Ottawa.
The exhibition is accompanied by a major scholarly publication edited by Jacques Des Rochers and Brian Foss. Featuring 350 pages and as many illustrations, this catalogue has been published in English and French editions by the MMFA’s Publishing Department and Black Dog Publishing.
After its presentation in Windsor, the third leg of the tour, the exhibition will be shown at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum from October 22, 2016, to January 29, 2017.
This project was made possible with the generous support of the A. K. Prakash Foundation, exhibition patron, and a major grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Museums Assistance Program.