Art Gallery of Alberta

Renaissance Frame

Renaissance Frame

A few weeks ago Tansy and her host visited the Art Gallery of Alberta…where many worthy works of art were on display…nose to nose with the frame of a Renaissance Painting, Tansy was impressed with the gilded plasterwork…

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Obscure, Absurd...

Obscure, Absurd…

But the main reason for the visit was to view the Lyndal Osborne visit the “Cabinet of Curiosities” which was set up as an exploration room full of objects obscure, absurd, normal, abnormal and brightly coloured. Click here for Lyndal Osborne’s website

Brightly coloured!

Brightly coloured!

The main room of the Lyndal Osborne exhibit focused on collecting and organizing – materials arranged in patterns which ranged from plastics found on the beach, to dyed grasses.   Other rooms featured jars of everyday items from nature, spice from the kitchen,  collected objects (straws, pins, shells, leaves) all arranged by size, colour, etc.

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Organisation

Organisation

There were furs, skulls, (scary) dolls, bugs, bottles, shells, etc.  One wall allowed the visitor to line up collections into their own designs and organisations.  It was a tight space full everything , and sometimes overwhelming, but fun.  Everywhere you turned, every box you looked in had a new surprise, and lots of mirrors.  It was fun to see kids walk in – their eyes go big, equally excited, confused, and possibly scared….

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Very Curious!

Very Curious!

Cabinets of Curiosity meets collector…  since the Quimper Hitty’s human, and Tansy’s current host both work in museums, and are people who love colours and collecting, it is no surprise that this exhibit was so enthralling.

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Click here to see other posts about Tansy’s Travels.

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10 thoughts on “Art Gallery of Alberta

  1. What a fabulous exhibition! As a collector and a lover of the slightly odd, I really enjoyed these exhibit photos and the link. It reminds me a bit of the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia and reminds me a lot of an exhibition last year in the UK of Jan Svankmajer’s work. Tansy is getting a great fine arts education!

    • I was going to comment that it is a bit like my place, but leaving out the dusty part. Dust is inevitable in these kinds of displays. Someone is going to have a tedious job when the exhibit is done!

      But it is interesting and Tansy is having a very good time frome the looks of it.

      • It is true that the general populace is unaware of the efforts of the “behind the scenes” museum staff. A huge amount of effort is put into preparing and maintaining exhibits, and then to storage of the elements so they can be enjoyed by future generations! The actual time on display can be comparatively short!

  2. This was really wonderful. I took a look at her website…a fascinating artist. I love “installations” and hers are intriguing. I admit that my favorite is one of her most simple (using that word with reluctance) Surge…could
    stand and look at that for quite a while. And of course the Cabinets of Curiosity does sort of resemble my craft room….without the organization of course. Kudos to the artist AND to the unsung heroes behind the scenes…the museum staff. And thank you Tansy and human for another wonderful posting.

    • Tansy is having the time of her life, and we are so grateful to her host for sharing the adventures with us! We unsung Museum heroes generally prefer to stay in the background, or completely out of sight, but it is very nice to be appreciated after all – thanks 🙂

  3. Love all the pictures especially the Cabinet of Curiosities, Tansy sure is enjoying herself. thanks for all the valuable information on the Art Gallery of Alberta.

    • You are welcome! Tansy is so happy to be exploring around other parts of Canada – none of the other denizens of the Hitty cupboard seem to have quite the penchant for independent adventures!

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