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Upcoming Exhibitions


For Every Season

A re-installation of the permanent collection in 4 galleries
October 2015 – January 2016

Curated by Sarah Stanners

"The breath of the Four Seasons must ever be our basic inspiration." — J.E.H. MacDonald, A Landmark of Canadian Art (1917)

Canada is celebrated for its four beautiful and distinct seasons, which have especially inspired our landscape painters. Riots of colour in the fall leaves, soft quietude in the winter snow, the fresh promise of spring green, and the long hours of the summer sun are all vividly expressed in the painted canvases throughout this four-part exhibition. Drawn entirely from the permanent collection of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the masters of each season come forward in full colour as four galleries are dedicated to each of the four seasons: winter, fall, summer and spring.

A Foundation for Fifty Years:
McMichael Masterworks

Opening November 18, 2015

Curated by Sarah Stanners

The McMichael owes its existence and collection to the generosity of donors. A Foundation for Fifty Years will present some of the most significant donations made for the McMichael gallery’s founding year, 1966, by Signe and Robert McMichael, as well as their peers, who were all excited to make Canadian masterworks a gift to the public of Ontario. Installed in the McMichael’s principle gallery on the ground floor, this collection of masterworks will celebrate our core artists - the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. Artists on show will include Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris, David Milne, and Emily Carr, to name just a few. The exhibition space will be restored to its 1960s modernist style, in a manner that the McMichaels intended: traditional materials with modern lines. This special exhibition kicks off the 50th anniversary of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

On Paper

February 6, 2016 – May 1, 2016

Curated by Sarah Stanners, Chris Finn and Sharona Adamowicz-Clements

Most great works of art begin with a drawing. Ideas come out on paper first. There is a degree of intimacy and immediacy that is inherent with works on paper, and this exhibition aims to celebrate these qualities in art. Yet paper also grants a level of democracy and accessibility to works of art through printmaking and easy circulation. On Paper explores a variety of ways in which our story of Canada has been shaped by works of art on paper.

On Paper will be on view for a limited time only, since light exposure can be a conservation concern. This exhibition will be a rare glimpse of the best prints, drawings and watercolours from the McMichael permanent collection and should not be missed!

Highlights of this exhibition include a comprehensive exhibition of Clarence Gagnon's original artworks for Maria Chapdelaine, drawings and sketchbooks by members of the Group of Seven and Emily Carr, exceptional wood engravings by Franklin Carmichael, watercolours by David Milne, Inuit prints and drawings from Baker Lake, and so much more.


Autumn Algoma

J.E.H. MacDonald (1873–1932), Autumn, Algoma, 1920, oil on paperboard, 21.4 x 26.6 cm
Gift of Mr. R.A. Laidlaw
McMichael Canadian Art Collection



Tom Thomson (1877-1917)
Autumn Birches, 1916
oil on wood panel
21.6 x 26.7 cm
Gift of Mrs. H.P. de Pencier
McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Clarence Gagnon (1881-1942)
The Betrothal, 1928 – 1933
gouache over colour monotype on paper
sheet: 24.1 x 26.5 cm; image: 21.5 x 22.6 cm
Gift of Colonel R.S. McLaughlin
McMichael Canadian Art Collection



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