Past Exhibitions - 2012-2013

In addition to our permanent art and artifact displays, Glenbow maintains an active exhibition program throughout the year. Exhibitions are often drawn from our
collections. We also host travelling exhibitions from museums and art galleries around the world.

M.C. Escher:
The Mathemagician

May 25 - August 18, 2013

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and Art Gallery of Alberta

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the world's most famous and recognized artists. Images of his work are reproduced and appreciated by millions of people around the world, yet few have a sense of the depth and details of the artist’s career, or of the incredible intricacies found in the original artworks when they are viewed in person.


Made in Calgary: The 1970s

Made in Calgary
The 1970s

May 25 - August 11, 2013

Organized by the Glenbow Museum

This exhibition is the second installment of a year-long celebration of artists who have lived, worked and created in our city. Guest curator Ron Moppett brings together a showcase of art from the 1970s, a boom-time in Alberta when oil was flowing and Calgary was growing in confidence.


Kent Monkman:
The Big Four

May 25 - August 18, 2013

Commissioned by Glenbow Museum

A new multimedia installation by Kent Monkman, a Canadian artist of Cree and Irish ancestry who works in a variety of media including painting, film/video, performance and installation.


No Roads Here: Corb Lund's Alberta

Corb Lund

January 26 – April 28, 2013

From gambling to Mormonism, foothills ranching to early prohibition, and the early days of oil drilling to the toils of veterinary medicine on the prairies, No Roads Here: Corb Lund's Alberta is a personal exploration into the sometimes familiar but often unexpected details of Alberta's heritage.


Fred Herzog Street Photography

Fred Herzog Robson Street

January 26 – April 28, 2013

Organized by The National Gallery
of Canada

Born in 1930, Fred Herzog immigrated to Canada from Germany in 1953. He had become interested in photography as a young man in Germany, and shortly after he arrived in Vancouver, Herzog began taking photographs in downtown streets and working class neighbourhoods.


Made in Calgary: The 1960s

Marion Nicoll, Butterflies, 1963, Collection of Glenbow Museum

Made In Calgary: The 1960s
February 23 – April 28, 2013

This exhibition is the first installment of a year-long celebration of artists who have lived, worked and created in Calgary over the last 50 years. Independent writer and curator Mary Beth LaViolette has curated Made In Calgary: The 1960s as a rich showcase of works depicting a period of intense artistic and cultural change in the city.


September 29 - January 2, 2013
This exhibition is organized by The Frist Center
for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee

Patricia Piccinini, The Long Awaited, 2008. Silicone, fiberglass, human hair, leather, plywood, fabric. Collection of Penny Clive. Courtesy of the Artist Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination






Inspired by literature, science fiction and scientific genetic experimentation, leading international artists have conceived fantastical humanlike, animal or hybrid creatures to symbolize life's mysteries, desires and fears.


September 29 - January 2, 2013

From Our Collections Menaginary

Art from our collection that explores storytelling, hybrid creatures and things that go bump in the night.









September 29 - January 2, 2013


Florilegium: Jennifer WannerFlorilegium, Jennifer Wanner

Glenbow is pleased to present the work of Calgary artist Jennifer Wanner.

Florilegium; which literally means a gathering of flowers, is an extended project that has been her major focus for four years. Wanner has selected the six most commonly genetically modified plants, gathers their images from the Internet and collages them into invented plant forms.





June 2 - July 29, 2012

Charlie Russell and the first Calgary Stampede

Charlie Russell and the first Calgary Stampede
In 1912 famous cowboy artist Charlie Russell was invited to exhibit his paintings at the first Calgary Stampede. His "Special Exhibition" of 20 paintings was a huge draw.

This summer, in celebration of the Calgary's Stampede's centennial, Glenbow is reuniting the paintings from that exhibition 100 years later.

June 2 - July 29, 2012
Organized by Glenbow Museum

From Our Collections

Edward Borein, “Off to the Wild Bunch” Advertisement for The Stampede, Calgary Herald, August 15, 1912, Collection of Glenbow LibraryYouthful American entrepreneur Guy Weadick created a new tradition for the young city of Calgary in 1912 - The Stampede. He invited the best North American competitors to the rodeo and awarded their success with cash and gold-plated prize buckles.

Through a selection of unique and rarely seen objects from Glenbow's collections - including 1912 prize buckles, Guy Weadick's hand-decorated saddle and Ed Borein's artwork - this exhibition provides an insightful look at the beginnings of the Calgary Stampede.

June 2 - September 3, 2012
Organized by Glenbow Museum

The West

James Westergard, The Lone Ranger (Ret.), no date, Collection of Glenbow MuseumIn North America, the art and ideology of the Old West created a distinct iconography. Permeating our culture, those images of horses, cowboys, First Nations and the iconic western landscape were rendered through a romantic filter fueled by notions of conquest, possibility and adventure.

The West presents the work of contemporary artists such as James Westergard, Dianne Bos, David Garneau and Kimowan McLain who are repurposing, reimagining and redefining some of this familiar iconography into compelling new statements about history, idealism, representation and what the West means to us now.

June 2 - September 3, 2012
Organized by the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Canada on Canvas
Franklin Carmichael, Autumn Woods, 1925, On long-term loan to the Winnipeg Art Gallery from a private collectionCanada's painting tradition has helped document and inform our nation's history and development. From shared and disparate vantage points, artists have depicted a land of awesome physical diversity, inhabited by peoples of ranging beliefs, outlooks and ways of life.

Canada on Canvas brings together historical portraiture, landscape and abstract paintings ranging from the 1940s to the 1970s by some of the country's most distinguished artists, including Cornelius Krieghoff, Lawren Harris, Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, Norval Morrisseau and Jean-Paul Riopelle.

WAG - Winnipeg Art Gallery

Organized by the Winnipeg Art Gallery

July 14 - September 3, 2012
Organized by the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Critical Mass: Sculpture by Shayne Dark

Shayne Dark, Critical Mass #4, 2011, Collection of the Artist; Photo by François LafranceCritical Mass is an exhibition of recent sculpture by Ontario-based artist Shayne Dark, whose works exploit the tensions between the natural and the manmade with intriguing results.

The exhibit includes seven sculptures, including four freestanding works collectively known as Critical Mass.


  • M.C. Escher
    Relativity, July 1953
    Lithograph on cream wove paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm
    National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
    Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990
    © 2013 The M.C. Escher Company-the Netherlands.
    All rights reserved. Used by permission.
    Photo © NGC
  • Katie Ohe
    Puddle I, 1976, Collection of Glenbow Museum
  • Patricia Piccinini, The Long Awaited, 2008. Silicone, fiberglass, human hair, leather, plywood, fabric. Collection of Penny Clive.
  • Balint Zsako, Untitled, 2004, Collection of Glenbow Museum
  • Jennifer Wanner
    Florilegium: Brassica rapa, Glycine max, Nicotiana tabacum, Zea mays, 2009
    Ink jet paper collage, Courtesy of the artist

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