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1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group
On view February 20 to May 8, 2016

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They were bold and experimental and at the forefront of modern painting in Canada in the 1920s. And they were not the Group of Seven.

The painters associated with Montreal’s Beaver Hall Group (so named for the location where they shared studio and exhibition space) were among Canada’s most avant-garde artists of their day and yet until now their contribution as an association has yet to be fully researched and presented.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has righted the situation and organized the first major exhibition to shed new light on this pivotal association of artists. In essence, the Beaver Hall Group was to Montreal what the Group of Seven was to Toronto. But rather than offering an image of Canada’s identity through the depiction of untamed landscapes, they showed their attachment to the portrait and to humanized cityscapes and landscapes.

The exhibition levels the art historical playing field. In locating the activities of this Montreal group in a national context, we are given a broader view of the artistic landscape in Quebec, Ontario and indeed Canada. This is particularly important as the Beaver Hall Group has always, in part, been characterized by its female membership. As the first association of its kind in Canada to bring together professional women artists, it provided both a community and public forum for their activities and the development of their practices, another sign of the Group’s progressive, modern nature.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see newly discovered paintings as well as masterworks by such modern greats as Edwin Holgate, Anne Savage, Sarah Robertson, Prudence Heward, and A.Y. Jackson. Many are a revelation.

The exhibition is curated by Jacques Des Rochers, Curator of Quebec and Canadian Art (before 1945) at the MMFA, and Brian Foss, Director, School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University, Ottawa.

Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts



The Beaver Hall Group: 1920’s Modernism in Montreal

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Exhibition Related Programming

Opening Reception
Saturday, February 20, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Lecture Series: The Legacy of the Beaver Hall Group

  • 1920s Modernism in Montreal
    Thursday, February 18, 7:00 p.m.

  • In Contemporary Terms: Responding to the Beaver Hall Group
    Thursday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.

  • Shared Vision: A Conversation About Artist Collectives
    Thursday, April 7, 7:00 p.m.

  • 'As Well As Men': Gender and the Beaver Hall Group
    Thursday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.



Free admission courtesy of Orlick Industries.

Staging Abstraction: Paintings from the Collection
On view April 16, 2016 to March 2017
Co-curated by local painter Daniel Hutchinson and Melissa Bennett, AGH Curator of Contemporary Art

Quintessential examples of Canadian abstract painting from the 1960s to '80s, drawn from the Art Gallery of Hamilton collection, which has one of the most comprehensive holdings of this type of work. Over 20 large canvases by influential artists such as Rita Letendre, Joseph Drapell, Gershon Iskowitz and Yves Gaucher.

Evolution of Form: 150 Years of Sculpture from the Collection
On view April 16, 2016 to March 2017

More information coming soon!



The Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery
Free admission courtesy of Orlick Industries.



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