|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MOCCA Launches 2014 with a MONUMENTAL exhibition!
TORONTO, Ontario, January 23, 2014 – The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to launch our Winter 2014 program with Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, our largest exhibition to date featuring major works by Canadian and international artists David Altmejd, Mark Bradford, Lee Bul, Bharti Kher, Tricia Middleton and Yinka Shonibare, MBE, opening to the public on Saturday February 8th, from 2pm to 5pm.
Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque, a special presentation of the acclaimed NGC@MOCCA program, showcases a selection of works by contemporary artists that draw upon aspects of the historical Baroque: material excess, accumulation, bravado, theatricality and the construction of immersive, emotive environments. This presence of what could be called the ‘neo-baroque’ has, in recent time, been a recurring facet of contemporary art in Canada and around the world.
The exhibition is curated by Art Gallery of Alberta Executive Director and Chief Curator Catherine Crowston, Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada, and NGC Associate Curator Jonathan Shaughnessy. Misled by Nature is accompanied by a fully-illustrated publication in English and in French, and will also feature a special series of public talks supported by the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.
Also opening in our Media/Retail Space is Keita Morimoto: The Nightwatchers, presented in associated with The Other Painting Competition, an art competition for emerging artists that featured life-painting contests designed by established artists, organized by Winnipeg Art Gallery Curator of Contemporary Art Paul Butler for Nuit Blanche 2011 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Morimoto won the 12-hour painting challenge, receiving as his prize a solo exhibition in our Media/Retail Space.
Through The Nightwatchers, Morimoto explores multiple realities that exist in today’s escapist youth culture, in which fantasies and digital variations of the self become realer than what can be expressed in reality. Inspired by Rembrandt’s highly convincing recreation of reality on the two-dimensional plane, Morimoto seeks to mirror and respond to his own experiences of emotional investment in the metaphysical world that exists behind a small screen. The paintings become an actualization of those glorified characters that wait behind a canvas for the day that they can begin to breathe and live out of the fictional world.
Join us opening weekend for free public talks by Misled by Nature curator Josée Drouin-Brisebois and exhibiting artist Tricia Middleton, Saturday February 8 at 1pm, and an afternoon opening reception to follow at MOCCA.
MISLED BY NATURE EVENTS & PROGRAMMING
FREE Public Lecture Series:
Keynote Talk, presented in partnership with OCAD University
Saturday, March 1 at 1pm
Saturday, March 8 at 1pm
All programs and activities of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art are supported by Toronto Culture, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, BMO Financial Group, individual memberships and private donations.
FREE ADMISSION at MOCCA is generously supported by the RBC Foundation.
About the National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (NGC@MOCCA)
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