The Burnaby Art Gallery (BAG) is excited to present Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper from September 13-November 17. This exhibition, the first of its kind in over 30 years in Metro Vancouver, showcases a selection of Italian Master prints and drawings from Vancouver-area public and private collections, dating from the Renaissance up to the late 18th century. The public is invited to the opening reception on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00PM.
Running concurrently is a complementary exhibition with SFU Library Special Collections featuring early printed books from the Wosk-McDonald Aldine Collection. “Both of these exhibitions explore Italy’s long creative history and the significance it plays at the roots of the modern world,” says guest curator Dr. Hilary Letwin.
Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs celebrates the dissemination of ideas and the people who fuel it. Throughout most of history, books were handwritten before being printed and most works of art started as sketches, representing ideas. However, the culmination of these ideas would amount to little without the work of a publisher¬¬—someone who nurtures an idea into a print or book. Once transformed into portable objects, ideas are passed easily and shared widely by networks of people across vast geographical areas.
To further enhance dialogue and to engage in the process of sharing ideas, this exhibition is presented together with a hard-cover art publication with essays by Dr. Hilary Letwin, guest curator; Dr. Julian Brooks, Senior Curator of Drawings and Department Head, J. Paul Getty Museum; and Ralph Stanton, Former Director of Special Collections at Simon Fraser University Library.
Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper will be on display at the Burnaby Art Gallery from September 13 until November 17. During the exhibition, the public can participate in an array of programs to learn more about the influence of Italian art.
Thursday, September 12, 7-9pm | Free, Everyone Welcome
Join us for the opening reception at the Burnaby Art Gallery. Mingle with guests and learn more about the importance of the artworks featured in the exhibition.
In the BAG Family Sundays
Sundays, 1-4pm | Drop-in, all ages
Come and make art! Get your minds humming with a visit to the gallery and then into the studio for family-friendly art projects. A different project is featured each month. Each program begins on the hour and half-hour mark with the last program at 3:30pm. Sponsored by ABC Recycling.
September 15 Drawing From History
October 20 Printing the Present
November 17 Collecting Memories
Saturday, September 28, 1-3pm | Free, as part of Culture Days
Explore the Burnaby Art Gallery’s exhibition, Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper before joining experienced printmakers in the studio for a hands-on printmaking activity.
Sunday, September 29, 2pm | Free, as part of Culture Days
Join guest curator Dr. Hilary Letwin for an in-depth tour of the exhibition Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper.
Baroque and Classical Music Concert
Sunday, October 6, 2-4pm | $5.00 | To register: 604-297-4422
For this Sunday musical matinee, listen to the sounds of Italian Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods while sitting amongst the works of Italian masters featured in the gallery’s exhibition Saints, Sinners, and Souvenirs. Concert followed by a small reception in the Fireside Room. Featured Quartet: The Modern Strings.
Monday, October 28, 10am-2:30pm | Free
Join Dr. Hilary Letwin, guest curator; Dr. Julian Brooks, Senior Curator of Drawings and Department Head, J. Paul Getty Museum; and Ralph Stanton, Former Director of Special Collections at Simon Fraser University Library for presentations, discussions and examinations of Italian art and culture featured in the exhibition as well as a dialogue about the impacts and influences Italy had on the Modern West.
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