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Galerie de l’UQAM unveils its new virtual exhibition,
150 Years | 150 Works: Canadian Art as Historical Act

Direction: Louise Déry
Curation and coordination: Josée Desforges

Galerie de l’UQAM is launching 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 exhibition is produced by Galerie de l’UQAM with the support of the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program, Virtual Museum of Canada.

The 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.

Navigation and educational tools
The exhibition can be discovered by following a timeline of Canadian history or by randomly browsing a mosaic of images that often leads to unexpected juxtapositions. Visitors can also follow the threads suggested by four categories: representing history, making history, expanding history and reopening history. Being open-ended, these categories foster exploration of and reflection on Canadian art as historical act. An interactive tool also invites users to establish their own take on history by selecting works that pique their interest or curiosity.

This panorama also includes several educational tools to help better understand the Canadian artistic context: a lexicon, vignettes about the museum sector, references and a quiz.


Galerie de l’UQAM is a university gallery dedicated to contemporary art
Committed to research, the institution disseminates the knowledge it generates through exhibitions, public programs and a diverse range of publications. It mainly exhibits contemporary art from Québec, as well as from elsewhere in Canada and from abroad. The majority of its exhibitions are curated by recognized professionals and produced by Galerie de l’UQAM. It investigates various concerns connected with the work of established artists, at the same time giving attention to emerging currents and to the work of students in visual and media arts, art history and museology.

150 Years | 150 Works: Canadian Art as Historical Act joins another virtual exhibition produced by Galerie de l’UQAM, The Painting Project: A Snapshot of Painting in Canada, launched in 2013 and online until November 2018. It brings together 60 works by as many artists. It proposes to delineate the practice of recent painting in Canada, based on exhaustive research in a didactic register.


Galerie de l’UQAM
Université du Québec à Montréal
1400, Berri Street, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, Room J-R 120
Montréal, Québec
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday, 12 – 6 p.m.
Free admission
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Support provided by
The exhibition 150 Years | 150 Works: Canadian Art as Historical Act was developed by Galerie de l’UQAM with the support of the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program, Virtual Museum of Canada.

The Virtual Museum of Canada, managed by the Canadian Museum of History with the financial support of the Government of Canada, is the largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations.

Galerie de l’UQAM wishes to thank the artists, museums, galleries and rights holders who collaborated in the preparation of this exhibition. Galerie de l’UQAM aknowledges the support of collections and individuals that made such a large project possible: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée d’art de Joliette, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, National Gallery of Canada, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

Image credits:
Kent Monkman, The Daddies, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 152.4 x 285.75 cm. Collection of Christine Armstrong and Irfhan Rawji. Photo: courtesy of the artist © Kent Monkman

Suzy Lake, A Genuine Simulation of… No. 2, 1973-1974, six gelatin silver prints and commercial makeup mounted on fiber-based print, 70 x 82.5 cm. Saidye and Samuel Bronfman Collection of Canadian Art, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1974.70), purchased in 1974. Photo: MMFA, Christine Guest © Suzy Lake





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