Matisse, Monet, and more slated for France-happy Vancouver Art Gallery winter-spring season

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      Some of the giants of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism will be featured in French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850–1950, one of several big winter-spring shows the Vancouver Art Gallery has announced.

      The moderns exhibit, scheduled to run February 16 to May 20, 2019, is comprised of 60 paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent and long-term loan collections.

      Boasting works by the likes of Gustave Caillebotte, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Auguste Rodin, the show celebrates France as a centre of modernism.

      It's complemented by Affinities: Canadian Artists and France, running the same dates and featuring the influences of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Surrealism on Canadian artists during the first half of the 20th century. It also examines the legacy of French Modernism and feminist theory on Canadian talents. Featured artists include J.W. Morrice, Emily Carr, Maurice Cullen, Paul-Émile Borduas, Rodney Graham, Mary Scott, and Lucy Hogg, among others.

      Later, March 2 to June 9, 2019, the gallery dedicates a survey of B.C. artist Mowry Baden's quirkily playful sculptures and installations, featuring everything from work made from seat belts to rooms with ping-pong balls ricocheting off the walls. 

      The same dates, watch for Displacement, an exhibition of contemporary works from the VAG collection, with work by the likes of Sonny Assu, Aganetha Dyck, Teresa Marshall, Ken Lum, Robert Therrien, Luanne Martineau, Patrick Traer, Renee van Halm, Holly Ward, Tim Paul, Myfanwy MacLeod, and others.