Exhibitions

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies acquires, preserves, interprets and makes accessible the history and culture of the Rocky Mountains of Canada by inspiring and cultivating the exchange of knowledge and ideas through our collections and exhibitions.

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ROCKIES REPEAT:
CHASING BEAUTY IN A DISAPPEARING LANDSCAPE

JANUARY 21 - APRIL 4, 2022 
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A documentary and exhibit that bears witness to a vanishing glacial landscape in the
Canadian Rockies while inspiring action to preserve these places for future generations.

Six contemporary artists follow in the artistic footprints of Catharine Robb Whyte as they race to
revisit her favourite landscapes with fresh eyes.

 

Image: Catharine Robb Whyte's original painting juxtaposed with the current view of Lake McArthur. Photo by North Grove Creative.

Catharine Robb Whyte, Mount Biddle, Lake McArthur, 1930 – 1940, oil on canvas, 27.6 x 35.2 cm, WyC.01.416

ICONIC ROCKIES:
THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF JOHN E. MARRIOTT

JANUARY 21 - APRIL 4, 2022 
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Featuring the images that have defined the career of one of Canada's most recognized professional wildlife photographers, Canmore resident Marriott is known around the world for his spectacular imagery.  
 
From following keystone wolf packs in Canada’s national parks to documenting the human impact on conservation, Marriott brings an intimate focus to wildlife in the Canadian Rockies

 

MICHAEL CORNER
WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER

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PRESENT
- APRIL 4, 2022

The first Whyte Museum artist-in-residence, Michael Corner spent the summer working out of the Mather Cabin. His paintings capture exterior elements of heritage buildings, with human figure featured predominantly in his interior scenes.

Michael moved from the prairies to Banff twenty-two years ago. He started teaching himself to paint eight years ago. Michael lives with the marvelous Julie, cats Steven and Augustus and a dog named Bertram.

Michael Corner
Woman with Three Chains
2021
Oil on panel

ELISE FINDLAY
UNDER THE MOUNTAIN'S SHADOW

PRESENT
- APRIL 4, 2022
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The installation, Under the Mountain’s Shadow explores and attempts to bring awareness to, the challenges that face residents and visitors in resort towns.

The triptych and installation, depicting a semi-abstract landscape of the town of Banff, is built up of trash collected from around the townsite, printed statistics and comments from an informal survey and research conducted during the project

Elise Findlay
Under the Mountain's Shadow
2021
Mix medium, acrylic paint and Banff pathway and
street garbage

FROM THE COLLECTION:
THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF EDWARD BURTYNSKY

JANUARY 21 - APRIL 4, 2022 
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Burtynsky's most famous photographs are sweeping views of landscapes altered by industry: mine tailings, quarries, scrap piles. The grand, awe-inspiring beauty of his images is often in tension with the compromised environments they depict. Vast human-altered landscapes expose the astounding scale of infrastructure and destruction fuelled by enterprise and consumption.  
 
Burtynsky’s photography is held in over 60 major museums around the world including the Whyte Museum whose holding include 36 works dating from 1983 to 2012. The exhibition features an overview of the Burtynsky collection.

 

Edward Burtynsky, OBE, RCA (1955, Canadian)
Container Ports #13
2001
Photograph on board
99.06 x 124.46cm
Gift of the artist, 2014

GATEWAY TO THE ROCKIES

ONGOING
Indigenous Exhibition, Heritage Gallery.
Gateway to the Rockies shares Canadian Rockies history through art, artifacts and archives and library materials.

This gallery also has information on Indigenous Peoples, surveying, guiding and outfitting, travel, tourism and more!

TREASURES WITHIN:
50 Years of Collecting

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ONGOING
As well as being talented artists, Peter Whyte and Catharine Robb Whyte combined their resources to create this gem of a museum. The land came from the Whyte family and the money from the Robb family. Peter and Catharine painted, purchased, or donated the paintings contained within this exhibition, and some of the artists exhibited here became mentors, friends or confidants.

The Founders' Gallery features rotating exhibitions that celebrate the vision and creativity of the Whyte Museum's founders, Peter Whyte and Catharine Robb Whyte.


Image: Peter Whyte, Bear Street Alley, Banff, 1933, oil on canvas, 27.5 x 35 cm, WyP.01.052

Past Exhibitions

MANSIONS TO MOUNTAINS: IN CONVERSATION WITH CATHARINE ROBB WHYTE

JULY 15, 2021 – JANUARY 16, 2022
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Mansions to Mountains will re-engage with the remarkable life of Catharine Robb Whyte from a fresh perspective. Instead of relying solely on scripted construal’s from curatorial, Catharine’s story is voiced through uninhibited diary entries to her fictitous friend Buz (1921 – 1928), duty-bound, yet loving letters to her mother Edith Morse Robb (1929 – 1962), and from her ambitious annual Christmas messages (1963 – 1978). Along with her words, Catharine’s legacy is observed through her renderings and canvases, as well as archival photographs and personal artifacts.

Images: WMCR, Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds (V683/III/A/1/PA/032, V683/III/A/1/PA/006, V683/IV/A/PA/342, M36/I/A/2B/I/90/7/001, and M36/II/F/3/2016)