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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
When is Our Art Going to Tour European Galleries?
Some of Canada's best contemporary artists are involved in a much-discussed show in Ottawa, Canada entitled, I Killed the Group of Seven, while people in London and elsewhere in Europe are getting ready to celebrate them.
A trove of paintings by Tom Thomson and his contemporaries is being carted off to London in what’s being called the largest international traveling exhibit of Group of Seven works to date.
Ian Dejardin, director of the prestigious Dulwich Picture Gallery in South London and an unabashed fan of Thomson’s work, described the exhibition he organized as akin to removing Canada’s crown jewels. Or “like asking the Louvre for the Mona Lisa,” he added, speaking at a presentation in Toronto Monday unveiling details of the exhibition.
The 123 works – actually 122 paintings, plus an extensive collection of Thomson’s sketches – are coming from 17 public and private collections in North America and Europe, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
What would normally be a logistical headache, as any exhibition on such a grand scale can be, was made much easier after Dejardin broached the idea in 2009 to media magnate and art collector David Thomson (no relation to the late Canadian artist, who died after a short career in 1917 at the age of 39).