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Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art

February 12 - May 23


The Sobey Family and Canadian Art

February 12 to May 23, 2022

About the Exhibition

Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art will tell the story of one family’s visionary engagement with Canadian and Indigenous art, braiding together works by early European newcomers like Cornelius Krieghoff; titans of Canadian 20th century art, the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, David Milne and Emily Carr; a rich display of works by the Quebec Impressionists, as well as Automatiste painters Jean Paul Riopelle and Paul-Émile Borduas; and works by trail-blazing artists of today, including contemporary Indigenous artists Kent Monkman, Brenda Draney, Brian Jungen and Annie Pootoogook, as well as leading international artist Peter Doig. A recurring theme in the exhibition is the North Atlantic, its role in history, and its impact on artists’ imaginations.

Generations is timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Sobey Art Award, which has had a groundbreaking impact on the visibility and vitality of contemporary artmaking across Canada. This nationally touring exhibition will celebrate that milestone, demonstrating the range and depth of the Sobey family’s engagement with Canadian art, and their prescient and visionary leadership in the cultural sector—a gift to Canada like no other. 

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Generations Virtual Curatorial Talk with Ian Dejardin and Sarah Milroy

February 23, 2022

James Wilson Morrice (1865–1924), Umbrellas on the Beach, Brittany, 1896, oil on panel, 33 x 23.5 cm, Collection of Donald and Beth Sobey


William Kurelek (1927–1977), After the Blizzard in Manitoba, 1967, mixed media on Masonite, 50.8 x 73 cm, Collection of Donald and Beth Sobey, © Estate of William Kurelek, courtesy of the Wynick / Tuck Gallery, Toronto


Kent Monkman (b. 1965), Study for “mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People): Resurgence of the People,” (Final Variation), 2019, acrylic on canvas, 107.3 x 213.4 cm, Collection of the Sobey Art Foundation, © Kent Monkman


Tom Thomson (1877–1917), Moonlight, c. 1915, oil on canvas, 88.9 x 72.4 cm, Corporate Collection, Stellarton, NS


February 12
May 23
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