April 9th, 2015 to September 7th, 2015
Marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, this exhibition illuminates the lives of Canadian veterans through the deeply personal carvings and drawings made by soldiers concealed in the allied caves and trenches near Vimy Ridge, France. Organized by Zenon Andrusyszyn, Souterraine Impressions will bring reproductions of site-specific artifacts to Canada through contemporary 3-dimensional printing, allowing audiences a rare glimpse at these personal documents created while Canadian soldiers awaited orders to join the now legendary Battle for Vimy Ridge. While not a great military success, the battle has subsequently become for Canada a symbol of national unity, achievement and tremendous sacrifice.
Visitors will get a sense of the scale of the caves from large photographic reproductions. Central to the exhibition will be a series of “tableaus” containing one of the reproduced carvings, a photograph of the soldier who created it and a short biography. While many of the carvings feature regimental or battalion badges, there are also carvings of hearts, animals and names.
The Art of Nature: A Student Exhibition
January 10th, 2015 to May 3rd, 2015
Volunteer and Moore Galleries
Museum London invited elementary and secondary students (K-12) in the Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board to reflect on the theme of "nature" and create artwork in a variety of media. Teachers were encouraged to explore environmental issues, such as climate change, deforestation, resource depletion and endangered species with their students and make this a cross-curricular learning experience incorporating the visual arts, language and social studies. Outdoor sports, camping trips, and family pets also served as inspiration for students to create art that had personal meaning.
All students submitted a brief artist statement along with their artwork. All submissions were juried and approximately 120 pieces of student art are included in the exhibition. Museum London is committed to fostering partnerships with the wider education community and promoting opportunities for students to learn through the visual arts.
All the students, parents and teachers who contributed to The Art of Nature will be invited to a reception to be held at Museum London on Thursday, February 12.
December 13th, 2014 to May 10th, 2015
The title of this exhibition re-interprets--and perhaps updates--part of a famous quote from English Restoration-era poet and critic John Dryden (1631-1700):
By viewing Nature, Nature’s handmaid, art, makes mighty things from small beginnings grow.
The natural world has been constantly envisioned by artists around the world. This has been especially true in the case of Canadian art, where the landscape has been used to assert the very identity of the country and its inhabitants. While the wilderness imagery of generations of Canadian painters is known to many, over the last half century a significant number of contemporary artists have also conceptualized nature, though in different ways, and to address a variety of aesthetic and social concerns.
Selected works bypass traditional representations of the landscape to combine aspects of the natural and man-made in engaging ways. Different materials, process, and content exemplify the back-and-forth exchange between nature and nurture. Works by Joyce Wieland, Ed Pien, Paul Walde, Spring Hurlbut and several others combine individual handiwork with elements of mass production. Found objects, even materials deemed to be detritus, resemble or mix with organic materials which "speak for themselves," or make ironic statements about artificiality and industry.
Work and Perseverance: Paintings by Women Artists
November 8th, 2014 to November 8th, 2015
Over the course of the twentieth century, the development of public art museums and galleries in Ontario (and indeed, across Canada) was spurred to a large extent by the efforts of women. They served in groups as volunteers fundraising for building and collecting, and as individual artists and benefactors who contributed to and championed cultural excellence. Many belonged to women’s artists groups, which existed in part because of female artists’ being barred from (or more generally devalued by) existing groups such as the Arts & Letters Club or Royal Canadian Academy. Selected works include longstanding favourites by regional artists Eva Bradshaw and Florence Carlyle, as well as by Yvonne McKague Housser, Pegi Nicol MacLeod, and many more. Several paintings entered the collection as gifts by women’s or female-dominated groups in this region, such as the Women’s Art Association of Canada and the Volunteer Committee of Museum London.
Visible Storage Project
March 2nd, 2014 to February 9th, 2016
Lawson Family Gallery
This installation permanently displays more than 100 works of art primarily focussed on London artists but featuring many of the great works of Canadian art from our vaults. With walls devoted to the works by Paul Peel, the Group of Seven, and artists such as Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe, and Paterson Ewen, Visible Storage allows you to always see old favourites from the collection as well as discover new ones.
This exhibition has been digitally enhanced. Browse images, videos and text online at visiblestorage.ca.