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Emily Carr show wraps up Canadian Tour at Royal BC Museum

Fresh Seeing opens with exclusive addition of T’anuu

Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing-French Modernism and the West Coast will complete its recent cross-Canada tour at the Royal BC Museum with the exclusive addition of T’anuu—the signature painting from the museum’s permanent collection. (While Carr originally titled the painting Tanoo, Q.C.I., the revised title reflects current geographic designations.)

This illuminating feature exhibition organized by the Audain Art Museum (AAM) in Whistler, BC is curated by Kiriko Watanabe (AAM Gail & Stephen A. Jarislowsky Curator) and Dr. Kathryn Bridge (Royal BC Museum Curator Emerita), and captures the moment Carr revolutionized her painting style—and Canadian modernism—after returning from a 16-month trip to France in 1911. It will open October 22 and run until January 24, 2021. It replaces Orcas: Our Shared Future, which was postponed until spring 2021.

“The Royal BC Museum proudly stewards the world’s largest collection of Emily Carr art and archival materials,” says Royal BC Museum CEO Prof. Jack Lohman. “We are delighted to be able to augment this remarkable exhibition with the addition of T’anuu—a vivid example of Haida Gwaii artistry captured by Carr in her newly expanded painting style.”

“It is a unique opportunity to be able to see this exhibition here at the Royal BC Museum,” says Lou-ann Neel, acting head of Indigenous Collections and Repatriation. “After seeing Carr’s paintings, visitors can head upstairs to the First Peoples Gallery to experience first-hand the Indigenous art that inspired her paintings, such as one of the house poles featured in T’anuu. This is a chance to understand what Indigenous artists were doing in the same era, and to experience the profound energy of these original monumental works.”

Fresh Seeing includes 67 artworks by Carr and her compatriots in France, which chart Carr’s transformation into an artist of the Canadian avant-garde. A micro-exhibition curated from the Royal BC Museum’s own collections will run concurrently near the feature exhibition: Everyday Emily Carr will feature 22 smaller artworks ranging from sketches to small watercolours, as well as postcards, travel expense lists and one of Carr’s hooked rugs.

These personal artifacts and archival records will offer visitors a deeper and more complete picture of Carr as a person, as well as an artist.

The Royal BC Museum will offer complementary online programming for all ages during the exhibition. Programs are still in development; bookmark for up-to-date information.

As part of ongoing COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols, all visitors will require timed tickets, which will be available for advance purchase online. Tickets are $22.95 for adults, $14.95 for students and seniors and $13.95 for youth.

Fresh Seeing is presented in Victoria, BC with the support of major sponsor Heffel Fine Art Auction House, sponsor Black & MacDonald, financial assistance from the Government of Canada through the Museum Assistance Program, and exclusive transportation partner PACART.