Summer/Fall 2020 Exhibitions at the Orillia Museum of Art & History

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Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Barbie, 2017, oil and acrylic on canvas, 65”x80”, OMAH Collection

Hunter Games
Sadko Hadzihasanovic

On until September 27, 2020

Meet The Artist:
Friday, August 21, 2020 6-9pm
Saturday, September 26 1-3pm

In Sadko’s artistic practice, he is interested in camouflaging history and ideology in an ironic and often humorous way. Since he moved to Canada from Bosnia in 1993, he has been fascinated with North American culture and has explored this along with consumerism and pop-culture.

As an artist, Sadko likes to explore the construction of identity and its cultural and social implications. With an extensive and ongoing portraiture-based body of work, he uses an array of references to popular culture as well as referring to the environment of his upbringing, juxtaposed with North America’s hunting culture. He paints works that contrast a childhood lived under the threat of war with an unhurried North American childhood lived without the looming presence of armed conflict.

This exhibition features a body of work that includes oil paintings on copper, video, prints and large paintings on canvas. Since hunting and guns are an issue in North American life and culture, this body of work is relevant to many issues we face today: the role of government in controlling weapons; how we educate children about guns, the role profit plays in gun culture; and we address these problems.

The artist appreciates the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council For The Arts.

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Installation photograph of Hunter Games by @becca.greenphotography

Sadko Hadzihasanovic studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade and earned his MFA at the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1984). His first solo exhibitions were at the Museum of Modern Art in Belgrade (1983) and at the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1984), both while still a student. Since his arrival in Toronto from Bosnia in late 1992, Sadko has participated in over seventy exhibitions in public galleries and artist-run centres across Canada and has produced numerous portrait commissions. He is the recipient of visual arts grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts and has instructed at Georgian College, the University of Guelph, the Koffler Centre and the Avenue Road Arts School. Sadko has been exhibiting at Paul Petro Contemporary Art since 1999.


Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed

October 2, 2020 – January 17, 2021
Reception: October 3 | 1-3pm

The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed was created in recognition of Group of Seven member, Franklin Carmichael, who was born in Orillia. Now in its 19th year, this juried show calls on artists from across the country to submit work that embraces, challenges, comments, critiques, echoes, challenges, re-works or strengthens images, perceptions and interpretations of Canadian landscape through the artist’s chosen medium. Heavily rooted in Carmichael’s beliefs on traditionalism and classical modes of artistic expression, Carmichael himself was very much invested in contemporary artistic styles having been inspired by his native Canadian surroundings.


For information/Media Contact: Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director
705 326–2159 x101 | executivedirector@orilliamuseum.org

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