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150 Years | 150 Works: Canadian Art as Historical Act

On May 2, Galerie de l’UQAM launched its brand new virtual exhibition. 3 years in the making, 150 Years | 150 Works: Canadian Art as Historical Act brings together the work of more than 150 artists and will be online for the next five years. The unveiling will be highlighted during a festive reception at Galerie de l’UQAM on May 2, starting at 5 p.m. The exhibition is produced by Galerie de l’UQAM with the support of the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program, Virtual Museum of Canada. It joins The Painting Project: A Snapshot of Painting in Canada, another virtual exhibition launched by Galerie de l’UQAM in 2013, online until November 2018.

The Cahén Archives is pleased to announce that Oscar Cahén's illustration Untitled (C.R. 142) is a part of this exhibition.

The exhibition

The virtual exhibition 150 Years | 150 Works: Canadian Art as Historical Act presents art as an integral part of Canada’s social and political history. It looks at Canada through works that have in some way shaped or changed the country’s history over the past century and a half.

Most but not all of the works in this panorama are presented according to their year of production: here and there, diverging from chronological order serves to recast historical relationships and challenge traditional perceptions. Drawn from the collections of major museums, university galleries and private collections, the exhibited works include both well-known icons and little-known surprises. Brief texts discuss each one and interpret the context in which it was made. Supplemental descriptions and images provide a deeper understanding in some cases.


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