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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CANOE

JUNE - OCTOBER 2022
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Canoe is a stunning private collection that celebrates the canoe in art spanning 200 years. The canoe is our enduring connection to Canada’s remarkable geography. It has captured our imagination and allowed us to explore remote areas of the country with intimacy and wonder. The McCreath collection has been carefully built over two decades and is comprised of paintings and three-dimensional pieces, including a 14-foot canoe made of one continuous piece of birch bark in 2017 by Canmore resident Don Gardener. The earliest work in the collection is a very 1820 watercolour by John Halkett (1768 – 1852) and it concludes with a meditative 2018 acrylic on canvas painting by David Thauberger (1948, RCA).

 

The collection includes artist-explorers of the 19th century through works by a number of the founding members of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (RCA) of 1880 who were also contracted by Sir William Van Horne to depict the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway and expansion of western Canada.  The 20th-century works are by creative, well-established artists from across Canada who are also celebrated as art educators, designers, and printmakers. The collection encompasses works from all provinces and territories except the Yukon and spans all three Canadian coasts

This exhibition is supported by BMO Private Wealth and Grit & Scott McCreath and Family.


David Thauberger R. C. A.
Summer Drift, 2018
Acrylic on canvas
36x46”
Private collection 
On loan to the Whyte Museum

ABOUT FACE

JUNE - OCTOBER 2022
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Calgary artist Bev Tosh has created some remarkable new multi-media works exploring the waste left from the pandemic.  She has fashioned a stunning prom dress using the distinctive blue and white disposable face masks, and the masks also appear on the face of the Mona Lisa in a piece entitled Panda Mona.


Bev Tosh is a contemporary artist and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She received her Masters of Fine Art in Painting from the University of Calgary, graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design, and was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Fine Art (U of S).


Bev has lectured and taught art at several Canadian colleges and universities. As a practicing artist, Tosh has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.

Bev Tosh, R. C. A. (Canadian)
PandeMona
2021
Oil and eggshell on panel
79 x 58cm. framed
Collection of the artist

BREATHE

JUNE - OCTOBER 2022
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Breathe. is a collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through the 21st century pandemic. Co-created by Métis artists Nathalie Bertin and Lisa Shepherd, this grassroots initiative explores the experiences of different artists as they navigated changing COVID-19 conditions.


This second touring exhibition emerging from the Breathe. project includes 44 masks that speak to both cultural resilience and strength of community in the face of a pandemic. Each mask includes the maker’s unique stories of fear, courage, sadness, hope and healing. The initiative encompasses traditional beadwork techniques as well as an array of other materials and methods, creating space for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.


The Whyte Museum hosted the first exhibition of these remarkable masks and are delighted to present the “second wave” including additional masks that have been created since.

Terre Chartrand
“An Appeal to Mishibijiw”

FAN FAVOURITES - PETER WHYTE AND CATHARINE ROBB WHYTE

JUNE - OCTOBER 2022
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The exhibition delves into the artistic practice of Peter Whyte and Catharine Robb Whyte whose love of the outdoors provided endless possibilities to paint a variety of subjects all within close proximity to their Bow River log home.

The Whytes’ personal artistic styles were influenced in part by Peter’s earlier awareness of artists Belmore Browne and Aldro T. Hibbard, Catharine’s family philanthropic artistic connections, and the education they both received at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

Together and often painting in close proximity to each other, Peter and Catharine produced hundreds of 8 x 10” oil sketches with many functioning as colour notes for larger canvases. Depending on the weather patterns of the day, these small works were completed within a time frame of 20 minutes to two hours.
 

 

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

 

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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)

ROCKIES REPEAT: CHASING BEAUTY
IN A DISAPPEARING LANDSCAPE

JANUARY 21 - MARCH 28, 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 -  MARCH 28, 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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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

FROM THE COLLECTION:
THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF EDWARD BURTYNSKY

JANUARY - APRIL 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

IT'S ABOUT BLOOMING TIME!

APRIL - JUNE 2022
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It’s About Blooming Time juxtaposes the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions against the welcome arrival of spring; budding and flourishing friendships along with the relief felt by Whyte museum staff that our community may finally return to the building. It has been lonely!

While artists spend many solo hours in studios, many have commented on the encouragement and conversations missed during the pandemic. Although some artists prefer reclusive lifestyles, outings to the local coffee shop, social visitations and public gatherings buoy the creative spirit. When asked to participate, an in-person opening was greeted with delight.

The exhibition showcases the work of 16 regional artists, many of whom have exhibited at the Whyte in the past 10 years. Dormant under a blanket of anxiety, we welcome all to re-emerge. Join us in celebrating the blossoming of spring and the end of a lengthy isolation. It’s About Blooming Time!
 

Michael Corner. Flowers from Dan. Oil on panel. 18x24.

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PAINTINGS BY ROAN STEWART

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APRIL -
JUNE 2022

Born in Calgary in 2000, Roan Stewart is the son of artist parents who are key players in the bronze casting industry. Throughout his childhood, Roan was immersed in creativity, surrounded by a vast network of established and inspiring artist whose work spanned a broad range of mediums in sculpture and painting.  This exposure contributed to Roan’s artistic development, drive and commitment as a full time painter. 

Roan’s work continues to evolve within his perspectives and experiences while also maturing organically to the point of creating powerful work at such a young age. Of his work, Roan states, “There is a distinct symbiotic relationship within my work. Some images reveal the progression of youth into adulthood while others relay the connection between the image and a story. The Link expresses the significance in coming of age as an artist and a visionary.”
 

My Interpretation. 4’x3’ Acrylic, oil, bronze on canvas. 2021

ELISE FINDLAY
UNDER THE MOUNTAIN'S SHADOW

JANUARY
- JUNE 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