The Sobey Family and Canadian Art


KLEINBURG, ON, February 1, 2022 /CNW/ – Canadian McMichael art collection proudly announces the new upcoming special exhibition Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art, opening to February 12, 2022. Generations offers a unique opportunity to explore one of the from Canada most legendary private collections, revealing the family’s long-standing commitment to Canadian and Indigenous art. This exhibition brings together more than 170 works by the first European settlers, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, Quebec Impressionists and Automatist painters as well as today’s avant-garde Aboriginal artists. On a national tour Generations examines Canadian art history from new perspectives and enables new conversations between the art of yesterday and today.

Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art coincides with the historic 20th anniversary of the SobeyArt Award, which continues to have an indelible impact on the visibility and vitality of contemporary art through Canada. Officially established in 2002 and administered by the Sobey Art Foundation, the SobeyArt The Prize is recognized as one of the world’s foremost private prizes supporting contemporary visual artists and is credited with catalyzing the early careers of revered names in Canadian art, including Annie Pootoogook, Brian Jungen and Ursula Johnson. Generations celebrates this 20th anniversary milestone by showcasing the works of many of these artists, demonstrating the breadth and depth of the Sobey family’s commitment to Canadian art and their visionary leadership in the cultural sector.

Additionally, the Sobey family has quietly preserved and promoted the legacy of Canadian historical artists for three generations. From a collection of John Paul Lemieux from rare works to major works by Kent Monkmanat by Cornelius Krieghoff from vivid winter scenes to masterpieces from the Group of Seven, Sobey’s collections reflect the vast creativity of artists from across the country.

Generations is curated by Chief Curator McMichael Sarah Milroy. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, edited by Milroy, and including contributions from McMichael’s Executive Director, Ian AC Dejardin, artist Kent Monkmanand art historian John Geoghegan, Jocelyn Anderson and Michele Grandbois. This lavish celebration, featuring color reproductions of all the artworks in the exhibition, will be available at the McMichael Gallery store and online store.

“Participating in this extraordinary collection of Canadian art has been the privilege of a lifetime,” says Milroy. “In shaping the exhibition and the book, we were inspired by the private collection itself, in which new connections and associations between artists are freely created. Thus, we will find Kent Monkman share a gallery with Cornelius Kreighoff, or David Milne hanging beside Pierre Doig. Filled with surprises and revelations, it will be an investigation into Canadian art like no other. »

“We are all extremely touched by the work of the McMichael and his chief curator, Sarah Milroyabout this exhibit,” said Rob Sobey, President of the Sobey Art Foundation. “On behalf of the Sobey family, it is an honor to share three generations of our passion for Canadian art. Our collective commitment to Canada is shared by the McMichael and we are thrilled to be traveling this exhibit across the country with each of our other host venues.”

“We are lucky to Ontario to have some of the most well-known cultural institutions in the country – like the McMichael Canadian art collection — which enrich our province and attract thousands of visitors each year to view their spectacular collections,” said Lisa McLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “I encourage everyone to safely plan a visit this winter to see McMichael’s latest exhibit, Generationswhich is sure to delight and inspire us with its impressive display of Canadian and Indigenous art from across the country. »

Following its opening at McMichael Canadian art collection, Generations will be touring across the country, in residence in St. Johns, Newfoundland; Edmonton, AB; Charlottetown, P.E.I. ; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Alongside McMichael’s presentation of Generations, the Gallery will also produce a strong slate of virtual programs featuring tours, educational courses and curatorial lectures to give visitors and students the opportunity to engage with this valuable collection. As Canadians turn to the arts for inspiration and insight, the McMichael continues to serve as a creative oasis in turbulent times.

Media wishing to request an interview with the Chief Curator Sarah Milroy or obtain high resolution images of the works please contact Sam CheungMedia Relations and Communications Coordinator at [email protected] or 905.893.1121 ext. 2210. Media wishing to contact the Sobey Art Foundation should contact Bernard Doucetgeneral manager at [email protected] or 902.921.1755.

This information is also available in French.

Canadian McMichael art collection is a government agency Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and the McMichael Canadian artistic foundation. It is the only major museum in the country devoted exclusively to Canadian art. In addition to traveling exhibitions, the McMichael houses a permanent collection of more than 6,500 works by historical and contemporary Canadian artists, including Thomas Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Indigenous artists and artists from the many diaspora communities. The gallery is located on 100 acres of wooded landscapes and walking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan. For more information, visit

The Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 with a mandate to continue the work of entrepreneur and business leader, the late Frank H. Sobey, who was a dedicated collector of Canadian art. The Sobey Art Foundation continues the work it began in preserving representative examples of 19th and 20th century Canadian art. the SobeyArt Award, created by the Foundation in 2002, is from Canada Annual preeminent contemporary art award open to contemporary Canadian artists of all ages.

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For further information: Media Contacts: Sam Cheung, Media Relations and Communications Coordinator, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 905.893.1121 ext. 2210, [email protected]; Shalini Saini, Acting Director, Marketing and Communications, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 905.893.1121 ext. 2294, [email protected]; Bernard Doucet, Executive Director, Sobey Art Foundation, 902.921.1755, [email protected]


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