The magic of the northern lights, idyllic landscapes and majestic views of the Arctic: over eighty masterful paintings and thirty sketches show a mythical, imaginary Canada. ‘Magnetic North‘ focuses on the Canadian modernist paintings of artists around the Group of Seven, an artist’s collective that is still immensely popular in Canada. At the heart of the exhibition, audio-visual works by the Algonquin-French artist Caroline Monnet and the Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson, open up a critical perspective on the paintings. These films by women who are rooted in cultures of the Indigenous peoples of these territories enable us to look at the landscapes by the Group of Seven in a different way.
‘Magnetic North‘ is on view from September 11, 2021 until January 9, 2022 at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam.