Past Exhibitions

Intersections: Contemporary Artist Films

October 29 – February 6, 2017

Intersections, brings together some of the most talented internationally acclaimed artists.

Curated by Darrin Martens, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chief Curator, this film exhibition is framed as a series of visual and experiential intersections – a place and/or space where two or more lines of inquiry converge or cross. By transforming the traditional white cube exhibition spaces into a series of film/video rooms the Audain Art Museum will provide its visitors with a different way in which to explore and experience experimental and contemporary films and videos by some of Canada’s most engaging visual artists and artists of international stature from around the globe – a sub-focus of the exhibition will be work from Canadian First Nations, China and Mexico that explore aspects of indigeneity, diaspora and life along the Pacific Rim. The over-arching narrative of the exhibition will explore ideas related intersecting – of time, space, place and larger global social narratives related to the environment and the migration of peoples and ideas.

The Audain Art Museum gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

From Geisha to Diva: The Kimono of Ichimaru

October 22 – January 9, 2017

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

The word geisha is made up of two characters, gei means “art” or “accomplished” and sha means “person”. Therefore it can be translated as “accomplished person” or “person who lives by the arts”. Geisha were professional entertainers and hostesses, who became an important part of traditional social life for men. They provided a beautiful and sensuous fantasy that all men desired. Their community came to be referred to as karyukai meaning “the flower and willow world”. Geishas were extensively trained in many of the traditional Japanese arts and their services were exclusively for the realm of wealthy men. It was because of these glamourous women that much of the richness of traditional art and entertainment came to survive in modern Japan. The geisha became Japan’s unparalleled conservators of traditional costume, music, song and dance. In the old days, the geisha were considered a valued possession of a city and a measure of its vitality.

In partnerships with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Collection and augmented with gifts from Ms. Yoshi Karasawa and Mrs. Suzuki this exhibition provides a glimpse into the lives of Geisha.

The Audain Art Museum gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Fountain of Indolence, 1834

Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

June 18 – October 10, 2016

Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery was initiated to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 2009. The focus of the exhibition is the Gallery’s founder William Maxwell Aitken (Lord Beaverbrook) and the artists he collected and cultivated, who in turn influenced the passion he had for collecting. 75 paintings are presented by world-renowned artists, such as Cranach, Copley, Delacroix, Gainsborough, Constable, Reynolds, Romney, Sargent, Sisley, Turner and Freud; and by prominent historical Canadian artists, such as Krieghoff, Morrice, Carr, Milne, Gagnon, and members of the Group of Seven. A highlight of the exhibition is Salvador Dali’s monumental painting Santiago El Grande.

Organized and circulated by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery with the support of the Museums Assistance Program at Canadian Heritage, presenting sponsor TD Bank Group and supporting sponsor McInnes Cooper. Additional support provided by PACART

David Siqueiros

Hacia la cumber! (Homenaje a los Pueblos Negros en su Lucha Actual)

Mexican Modernists: Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros and Tamayo

March 5 – May 23, 2016

Artists José Orozco (1883 – 1949), Diego Rivera (1886 – 1957), David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896 – 1974) and Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991) are four of the best known and accomplished artists to have developed out of Mexico last century. Each has had a profound and lasting effect on the development of visual art within Mexico and throughout the Americas. Mexican Modernists: Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros and Tamayo at the Audain Art Museum will draw together 24 masterworks by these remarkable artists from the Audain Collection for the first time in Whistler in order to provide visitors to the institution with an incredible opportunity to experience the power, fortitude, emotion and vitality woven into each extraordinary artwork. The exhibition will provide visitors with a greater understanding of these artists, the context in which they created their work and the legacy of their contribution to Mexican and world art.

This exhibition is supported by       and The Audain Foundation.