“Perhaps mine is “environmental” sculpture, rather than geometric…I have never made anything not closely connected with the human being and his environment. Man and his longings, desires, his dwellings, the thresholds he passes over and his places of worship concern me; people, buildings, entrances through which people go in, come out; and the apprehension, the […]
Pictured above: Kristina Kudryk | Portrait of the Artist in the Guise of the Empress Loyola and Under the Spell of Maxwell Bates | oil on canvas | Gift of the Artist, AGGV 2010 Enter through the doors of the Centennial Gallery to see the AGGV’s exhibition, Close To Home, and you will be struck by […]
Pictured: Harold Mortimer-Lamb | Emily Carr in Her Studio | 1936 | Harold and Vera Mortimer-Lamb Purchase Fund, AGGV 1980 1. Emily Carr is indelibly associated with the West Coast, having been born in Victoria in 1871 and spending most of her life in her place of birth. 2. Although Emily Carr considered herself an […]
While all of us waited patiently for the cherry blossoms on Moss Street to come into bloom, the March session of Family Sunday at the Gallery was an array of pink flowers and Japanese calligraphy to celebrate Sakura season. All this was made possible by Michael Abe and his family. We met Michael back in […]
The strong verticals of Tim Paul’s cedar totem carving resonate next to Sybil Andrew’s print of Western Red Cedar. This was the reason behind Curator Michelle Jacques’s placement of the two artworks side-by-side in the exhibition, Close To Home. The visual impact and the difference in colour tonality draw the eye from one to the other. […]
We thank Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura and the guests who braved Victoria’s unusual winter blizzard on February 8, for coming to the AGGV’s inaugural Communities + Collections lecture. The aim of this new series is two-fold: firstly, to bring fresh insight into the Gallery’s permanent collection through lectures, workshops and tours by guest speakers and facilitators; and secondly, […]
“Our collection is full of wonders from around the world, from Rembrandt to Carr and Genghis Khan to ancient Syria. It is the job of the Collections Department to manage these objects (20,000 and counting) to document them, ship them, produce exhibitions, frame them, photograph them and care for them, come have a look behind […]
Emily Carr’s repertoire of artworks covers a wide range style and content as she experimented and moved through different phases over her many years of practice. However, at the root of her entire oeuvre is an unwavering love of nature and the landscapes that surrounded her.
The early history of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the formation of the permanent collection has been the subject of many past exhibitions at the Gallery. At the center of these stories is Colin Graham, the AGGV’s first Curator and Director, whose enthusiasm and vision was critical in establishing the Gallery as a […]
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria presents Communities + Collections, a new program that gains insight into the diversity of our permanent collections, with the help of guest speakers and facilitators. Coinciding with the Millennia exhibition, we have invited Dr. Melia Belli Bose (pictured above) to talk about the afterlife in ancient China.
The exhibition Close To Home may be regarded as an extension of another exhibition at the AGGV, Moving Forward By Looking Back. Both shows examine the Gallery’s collecting policy that was put into place by Colin Graham, the institution’s first director, who played a vital role in establishing the AGGV. While the exhibition Moving Forward By […]
Collecting is often regarded as a fundamental and universal human instinct and an activity shared by all cultures around the globe. The history of collecting has been written in great detail by many scholars, and include the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, medieval and Renaissance Europe, Edo Japan, the Ming and Qing dynasties of […]
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has collected some of the finest pieces of Asian art over the last 65 years of its history. Millennia: Asian Art through the Ages, presents over seventy masterworks from different time periods, cultures and media.
Our permanent collection is an important educational resource for the Gallery and it also contributes to many of our exhibitions; but, how did the collection come to be? Where did it come from? Who built it and for whom?
What’s in a collection? Michelle Jacques on Moving Forward by Looking Back: The First 30 Years of Collecting Art at the AGGV.