Metamorphosis: Contemporary Canadian Portraits

Metamorphosis Glenbow-LAC exhibition banner

Commemoration, mortality, renewal… These are some of the themes explored in Metamorphosis: Contemporary Canadian Portraits, an exhibition created in collaboration between Glenbow and Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

The show includes works by fourteen important artists, in a variety of media, drawn from LAC and Glenbow collections. In every case, artists have been inspired by the idea of transformation or change. For some, this involves moving beyond the traditional ideal of likeness in portraiture. Others explore alternative media or unexpected subjects. For yet others, the concept is fundamental—an essential part of a traditional world view.

Visit this exhibition to see portraits by Sorel Cohen, Toni Latour, Evergon, Sara Angelucci and Arnaud Maggs to name a few. Striking, evocative, and powerfully expressed, each of the works is transformative on a variety of levels, as much for the viewer as for the artist creator. Plan your visit now!

March 7, 2020, to January 3, 2021
Glenbow Museum
130 9th Avenue S.E.
Calgary, Alberta

Some of the works in the exhibition

Navigating by Our Grandmothers
by Rosalie Favell, 2000,
Library and Archives Canada, e008299800

James #2, Deuil I series
by Spring Hurlbut, 2005,
Library and Archives Canada, e008300450

"Edward Malaprop," Drag King Project
by Toni Latour, 2005
Library and Archives Canada, e008300312

"Edward Malaprop," Drag King Project
by Toni Latour, 2005
Library and Archives Canada, e008300324

Kwagiutl family portrait
by David Neel, 1991
Library and Archives Canada, c140324k

Canada’s Portraits at Glenbow

Library and Archives Canada is home to many of our country’s most important portraits. These historical and modernist works provide a unique visual history of Canada, one that is interpreted on a human scale, through the faces of individuals, known or unknown, who have shaped and who continue to shape Canada’s history and culture.

As part of a multi-year collaboration with Library and Archives Canada, Glenbow is hosting a series of five portrait-themed exhibitions drawn from LAC’s collection. Portraits from Glenbow’s collection will also augment the exhibitions.

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