The Glenbow Museum, located in the heart of the Calgary downtown core between Stephen Avenue and the Olympic Plaza Cultural District, is filled with amazing exhibitions that will surely impress any visitor. Apart from the permanent exhibits, such as “Many Faces, Many Paths: Art of Asia” or “Niitsitapiisinni: Our Way of Life – The Blackfoot Gallery,” there are also awe inspiring temporary exhibitions featured.
Below is a list of these temporary exhibits, so make sure to get out and visit the Glenbow for a taste of artistic expression that will surely spark your interest!
May 23 – September 27, 2015
The massive cube-like sculpture comprised of handguns, rifles, semi- and fully automatic weapons, landmines, grenades, rocket launchers and bullets, is accompanied by photographs of victims and even survivors of gun violence. The 20,000 lbs cube, 8’ tall, 12’ long and 8’ wide, is surrounded by a space that allows visitors to really reflect on and react to the Gun Sculpture. This artwork demands the attention of each viewer and makes a well-defined statement about the impact of guns and their propagation on a global scale.
May 23 – September 27, 2015
Over the years Alberta’s greatest cartoonists have taken on a wide range of topics including women’s rights, religious extremism, food safety scares, and Alberta’s favourite subject, western alienation. Their brilliant use of irony, satire, wit, and humour allowed these artists to spearhead some of the most commonplace or even the most sensitive issues faced by Albertans and Canadians as a whole. This exhibit will allow you to see the evolution of political satire and to formulate your own reaction to the excellent work of these amazing artists.
May 30 – October 4, 2015
This exhibitions features paintings, prints, photography, sculpture in clay, glass and bronze. The spectacular setting and contemplative act of fishing has driven the work behind several artists and photographers, which will be featured in this exhibit. Hooked provides a unique insight on the art and culture of fishing.
June 6 – September 13, 2015
John Brocke, an immensely talented Calgarian, painted with life-like precision. Brocke chose to focus on using paint as a way to sincerely portray the personalities and vivacity of his subjects. His work often contained symbolic and thought-provoking imagery, most of which was used in order to refer to facets of his own life and thoughts about the world. Brocke’s striking artwork should not be missed, as it will surely spark a sense of appreciation for his attention to detail and ability to convey real emotions on a canvas.
June 6 – September 27, 2015
Image: Wall of Water / Glenbow Museum
Alberta’s von Tiesenhausen, an internationally acclaimed artist, is best known for his passionate envelopment with nature, which is expressed through massive gallery-specific media. The Wall of Water, which is comprised of 60 steel panels, forms a beautiful depiction of the serious impact pollution has on our water supply. The sheer size of the piece allows for the message regarding the well-being of our environment to be conveyed in a bold and awe-inspiring fashion.
February 28, 2015 – January 17, 2016
Cabinets of Curiosity is an exhibition that is driven by the 17th Century tradition of “Wunderkammer” (wonder-rooms). This magnificent creation from Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne was inspired by her constant desire to collect objects that generated interest from the places she has lived and travelled. This ultimately led to the creation of this chamber filled with remarkable oddities that can now be enjoyed by adults any children alike. This hands on and interactive exhibit encourages visitors to connect, participate, and explore the display. However, several visits into the “cabinet” may be necessary should you want to discover all of the brilliant surprises placed within it.