University of Alberta Museums Exhibit: Mountains and Water August 23 – October 5, 2018
Mountains and Water: Visions of the Land in Canada and China
Presented by the University of Alberta and the China Institute
Mountains and water have been a source of inspiration for artists throughout history; “Mountains and Water: Visions of the Land in Canada and China” contrasts the landscape paintings of artists from Canada and China to demonstrate how art featuring mountains and water has been influenced by the history, culture and place of a society through art. The Chinese artworks displayed come from the Mactaggart Art Collection and have been curated to chronologically to explore how Chinese artists used elements of mountains and water as sources of inspiration throughout history. Assistant Curator (and Curator of the Canadian works in the exhibit), Emerald Johnstone-Bedell explained it to us as the landscapes in the Chinese works are often imagined and elaborated landscapes expressing the inspiration of the place, whereas the Canadian works are typically more representative of the physical landscape portrayed in the work.
The exhibit is a wonderful snapshot of the works produced by the artists of the two countries and explores questions of what mountains are and what they mean to a society; questions that remain as relevant today as they were to the Chinese artists in the 1300’s.
The exhibit runs until October 5, 2018, in the University of Alberta Museums Gallery A within the TELUS Centre on 87th Avenue and 111th Street in Edmonton, Alberta. Admission is free.
Thursday and Friday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Saturday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm