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LEVEL 3 Main
September 19, 2015 – January 17, 2016
A travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum
The First World War was a defining moment in Canadian history. To commemorate its centenary, The Rooms is proud to bring this exhibition to St. John’s. Supported by National Presenting Sponsor TD Bank Group, this uniquely evocative exhibition gives Canadians an opportunity to view never-before seen paintings and drawings, and to appreciate how art was used to document and communicate wartime experiences to families and the public a hundred years ago.

National Presenting Sponsor
Arthur Lismer, Olympic with Returned Soldiers, 1919

Arthur Lismer, Olympic with Returned Soldiers, 1919
© Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, Canadian War
Museum, Ottawa, Ontario 19710261-0343

September 19, 2015 – January 17, 2016
LEVEL 3 Harbour Gallery
In 2011 and 2012, artist Christine Koch travelled to Labrador’s Torngat Mountains National Park with a team of geographers researching climate change in the Arctic. New large works, created for this exhibition, document her experience of this changing glacial landscape, and reveal the interrelationship of Koch’s painting and printmaking practices. Accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with essays by geographer Trevor Bell and CBC Radio host Shelagh Rogers.

Christine Koch, Never Melting Ice (Night)

Christine Koch, Never Melting Ice (Night) (2015)
Mixed media.

Elbow Room Residency Series
October 2, 2015 – January 3, 2016
LEVEL 4 Main
Matthew Hollett explores the shifting architectural landscape of this province through film, photography, sculpture and an interactive projection. The exhibition presents new work created as part of the Elbow Room Residency Series.

Matthew Hollett, A House by The Water (detail, working sketch), 2015, digital projection.

Matthew Hollett, A House by The Water (detail, working sketch), 2015, digital projection.

October 2, 2015 – January 3, 2016
LEVEL 4 Media Room
The Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative (NIFCO) was formed in 1975 by a group of filmmakers who wanted to ensure that artists here had a place to gather and share experiences, skills and equipment. The Rooms joins NIFCO in celebrating 40 years of creativity in filmmaking with a selection of the best in innovative, cutting-edge films made by NIFCO members.

Anne Troake, Pretty Big Dig (still), 2002

Anne Troake, Pretty Big Dig (still), 2002

On loan from The National Gallery of Canada
October 2, 2015 – January 3, 2016
LEVEL 4 Main
A fascinating 25-minute colour film by internationally renowned French artist Pierre Huyghe. The artist’s work navigates between fact and fiction, proposing that reality is so unbelievable that “to tell it the right way, you must tell it as a fi ction.” In A Journey That Wasn’t, Huyghe merges two events of his creation: an Antarctic expedition in search of an albino creature rumoured to exist on an uncharted island exposed by receding ice, and a re-enactment of that voyage as an elaborate concert and lightshow in Central Park in October 2005. Part nature documentary, part science fiction movie, and part musical, the resulting cinematic experience shifts between the exploration of sublime terrain and orchestrated spectacle, leaving us to decide whether, as the title suggests, the journey even happened.

October 31, 2015 – February 21, 2016
LEVEL 4 Colonnade
Julia Pickard’s generous spirit and vibrant, impressionist compositions brightened the art scene in St. John’s for 38 years. She was one of a few professionally trained artists in the province when she moved to St. John’s in 1976. Julia shared her skills through teaching and mentoring throughout her career. Art was part of her – this exhibition celebrates Pickard’s life, prolific career and her contributions to the local art community.

Julia Pickard, Night Garden (1999), Oil on canvas

Julia Pickard, Night Garden (1999), Oil on canvas,
The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Government of
Newfoundland and Labrador Collection.

Christopher Pratt: The Places I Go
May 15 – September 6, 2015

Renowned painter Christopher Pratt has travelled around Newfoundland extensively, observing and recording a lifetime of changes to sites that hold memories for him. The Places I Go represents a decade of Pratt’s focused explorations through art and writing, celebrating the blend of familiarity and respect that Pratt has for his home province.

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Sunset at Squid Cove

Image credit: Christopher Pratt. Sunset at Squid Cove (2004). Oil on canvas. Private collection, courtesy Mira Godard Gallery.

Jeannie Thib: Hyperflat
May 30 – September 20, 2015

Produced by Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax
Curator: Tila Kellman

In the contemporary art exhibition “Hyperflat”, Toronto artist Jeannie Thib asks, “What if our contemporary built environments were based on ornamental botanical patterns?” Can “decorative” urban space lead to more caring relationships with our environment and with each other?

Thib uses high-tech design and fabricating techniques to rework decorative floral patterns borrowed from historical textiles and domestic surfaces. In doing so, she generates expansive reliefs and jewel-like models in contemporary industrial materials. Thib envisions botanical pattern - long marginalized as decorative and feminine - as surrounding landscape brought “home” beneath our feet. The artist replaces Modernist rectilinear design with differentiated space and thus restores ideas of the feminine and nature to the heart of world-making.


Image credit: Rise (2005). Acrylic, acrylic vitrine, wood base, paint.

January 17 – September 13, 2015

Collage Series features thirty-two composite images by Quebec-based artist Tanya St-Pierre. The work represents a space somewhere between fact and fiction, symbol and pure composition. St-Pierre’s collages interpret, while rendering poetic, the work of Newfoundland and Labrador women during the First and Second World Wars. Researching intensely in The Rooms Provincial Archives for a two-week period in August 2014, St-Pierre carefully looked over hundreds of archival documents and selected the primary material for the collages. By cutting out fragments of history from archival sources, and blending the two time periods, the collages operate like a metaphor for the disruption that occurs during wartime, and the lives torn in the context of these moments of strong cultural tension and social transition.


Image Credit: Tanya St-Pierre. Collage Series (2014). Digital print.

February 27, 2015 - Ongoing

Truth or Myth? poses the following questions: What defines us as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians? What events and characteristics make us who we are? Artworks reflect on issues of personal, cultural and political identity, including our economy, the cod and seal fisheries, resettlement, the development of our natural resources, confederation with Canada and referenda. Through unique pairings of artworks this thematic exhibition explores identity through painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture drawn from The Rooms Permanent Collection. Featuring writing and reflections by local actor and writer Andy Jones.

Image of TRUTH OR MYTH? exhibit

Image Credit: Barbara Pratt, Tanker (2011). Oil on canvas. The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Collection

February 27, 2015 – October 18, 2015
I collected scenes of all corners of Canada, a conscious matter of trying to celebrate the beauty of our country...

Edwin R. Procunier (1927-2011) began gifting art to his home province of Newfoundland & Labrador in 1985. The 372 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures he donated make up the Edwin R. Procunier Collection, and are in the care of The Rooms. They represent Procunier’s love of art, of Canada and of Newfoundland & Labrador. The collection is both historical and contemporary, focusing primarily on landscape, but also includes still lifes and portraits. This exhibition presents highlights of the Edwin R. Procunier Collection, in celebration of his generosity.

Image of A GIFT OF CANADA exhibit

Image Credit: Emily Carr, Untitled (Forest Scene), undated. Oil on paper, 60.7 x 34.7 cm.The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Edwin R. Procunier Collection at The Rooms

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