Exploring Mystical Landscapes

Posted by Stephan Petar, October 24, 2016

Hodler Ferdinand, Der Niesen vom Heustrich aus , 1909

Hodler Ferdinand, "Der Niesen vom Heustrich aus", 1909

We have had the pleasure of attending a number of AGO media previews for exhibits including Picturing the Americas and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Last week we were invited on a magical journey through the gallery’s latest exhibition Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh and more, a beautiful collection with 80 paintings and 30 works on paper that explore the mystical experiences of 36 artists from 15 countries. The exhibit, which took AGO’s senior curator Katherine Lochnan over five years to develop, sees the works of artists from the 19th and 20th century like van Gogh and Monet, Canadian artists like the Group of Seven and Scandinavian artists whose works have never travelled internationally. The exhibit is broken up into seven themes including: spiritual enlightenment, WWI, wilderness and cosmos to name a few.

The exhibit is on until Jan. 29, 2017 and will then travel to Musee d’Orsay in Paris, who partnered to bring this project to life. What is arguably the most exciting thing about the exhibits journey to Paris is that it will mark the Group of Seven and Emily Carr’s first visit to Europe, introducing these beloved Canadian artists to a new audience.

We could go on about the amazing works of these artists, but instead we invite you to get lost in the mystical landscapes of Europe and North America.

AGO Mystical Landscapes

Edvard Munch, "The Sun" (1910-1913)

AGO Mystical Landscapes

Georgia O'Keefe, "Series I: From the Plains" (1919)

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Vincent van Gogh, "Starry Night Over the Rhone at Arles" (1888)

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