1952

April

The Gallery completes formally cataloguing all the works in its permanent collection.

October

The Gallery begins collecting in the field of decorative arts with the bequest from Melanie Bolton-Hill of over 90 works of porcelain,...
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The exhibition Treasures of Dutch Old Masters opens on October 5, featuring 37 landscape, portrait, still life, interior, and genre-scene...
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1953

January

On January 11, the Gallery opens an exhibition of Chinese paintings from the 11th to the 20th centuries. Of the 46 works exhibited, major loans...
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March

March 30: At an Executive Meeting of the Board of Directors, John A. MacAulay (1895–1978) refers in detail to the qualifications of Dr....
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June

The Women’s Committee makes its first acquisition for the Gallery, purchasing Still Life by the Montreal painter Goodridge Roberts...
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September

The first Home Tour takes place. Organized by the Women’s Committee, the event is a fundraising initiative that allows Gallery members an...
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Joseph Harris becomes Board President. He would also donate Flower Still Life (c. 1935), a significant painting by Marc Chagall...
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October

Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902–1995) arrives in Winnipeg, replacing Alvan Eastman as Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery Association, a post...
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Eckhardt was accompanied by his wife Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté (d. 1974), an accomplished composer and widow of the German Expressionist...
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They were together from then on, dedicating their lives to promoting Gramatté’s art. To hear Margaret Morse, President of the...
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Great Masters of the Italian Renaissance opens on October 4, featuring the work of Bronzino (1503–1572), Tintoretto (1518–1594),...
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December

The Gallery receives a significant gift of English watercolours from the estate of early Gallery advocate James McDiarmid (1855–1934).

1954

January

In 1954, Eileen Bulman Abbott (d. 1980), becomes President of the Women’s Committee. She and her husband, Dr. Albert Clifford Abbott...
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The Gallery launches its first public screenings of film on art. The first program includes National Film Board of Canada productions on Arthur...
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February

One of Ferdinand Eckhardt’s (1902–1995) tasks is to review the controversy surrounding the Gallery’s 1936 acquisition of art...
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March

Having “suffered for a long time through lack of space to exhibit more of its permanent collection,” the Gallery brochure announces...
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April

An exhibition of children’s painting goes on display, created during the Gallery’s Saturday Morning Art Classes. This marks an early...
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Opening on April 10, the Gallery organizes and displays French Pre-Impressionist Painters of the Nineteenth Century.  Comprising 100 oils,...
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June

Grain merchant Stewart Augustus Searle (1897–1977) is elected Board President. In 1960, Searle would donate a bronze sculpture by noted...
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The Gallery establishes a library through a City of Winnipeg grant of $2,500.

September

In the fall George Swinton (1917–2002) becomes a professor at the University of Manitoba School of Art. Swinton was a Viennese artist...
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Modern Art in Winnipeg Homes opens on September 2. The exhibition comprises over 50 works privately owned by Winnipeggers, and includes artists...
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Soon after, the Gallery is bequeathed the $1.2 million home, located at 218 Roslyn Road, of the late Gordon Harold Aikins (1887–1954)
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October

Opening on October 6, the Gallery displays its first exhibition of historical tapestries. It includes 34 French, Flemish, German, Scandinavian,...
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November

R. Alexander Purves (1927-1997) donates Fleurs by French painter Maurice Vlamink (1876–1958).
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1955

January

On January 2, the Gallery launches an exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Canada, Matisse: Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings. It includes...
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April

Director Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902–1995) convinces Robert Standish Gage Prendergast Vereker, 7th Viscount Gort (1888–1975), to lend...
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Board President John A. MacAulay (1895–1978) makes a public plea for the development of a city art centre to be located at Broadway Avenue...
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‚ÄčOn April 16, with the Spanish ambassador in attendance, the Gallery opens El Greco to Goya, a significant display of Spanish artworks from...
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June

George Haynes (d. 1974) joins the Gallery as its first preparator, overseeing matters of shipping, framing, and art installation. He would remain...
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John A. MacAulay (1895–1978) serves a second term as Board President.
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September

To commemorate the Board President’s generosity and his growing personal collection, the Gallery organizes Paintings from the Collection of...
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November

On November 2, the Gallery launches the first Winnipeg Show, which would run annually until 1961 and biannually from 1962 to 1970, to fanfare and...
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To hear Dr. Virginia Berry, longtime volunteer and President of the Women's Committee (1959-1960), Professor Richard Williams, and Celia...
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1956

January

The Gallery purchases its first Inuit works using funds raised by the Women’s Committee. The acquisition includes a work by Pinnie...
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A scholarship of $1,500 is announced for University of Manitoba fine art students. The scholarship is established by the Winnipeg Art Gallery...
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March

Opening March 11, the Gallery hosts a major exhibition of 59 sculptures and drawings by Henry Moore, organized by the British Council.

April

An exhibition of Chinese art opens at the Gallery on April 6, reflecting the efforts of Director Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902-1995) to introduce more...
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On April 19, Anthony Blunt (1907–1983) gives a lecture on the work of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), in anticipation of an exhibition...
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July

A Half Century of Picasso Prints, organized and toured by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, opens at the Gallery on July 5. The exhibition...
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September

Opening on September 30, Portraits, Mirror of Man, organized by the Gallery, features work from lenders such as the National Gallery of...
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December

Over the winter of 1956/57 the Women’s Committee acquires 26 paintings and drawings by Winnipeg artist and longtime School of Art Principal,...
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1957

January

The Gallery acquires what remains the oldest work of art in its collection, a c. 375 BCE marble head of a bearded man from a Greek grave stele....
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Later that month, the Gallery publicizes its purchase of a sculpture by Henry Moore (1898–1986), one of the 20th century’s most famous...
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February

The Gallery opens an exhibition of the Russian-born, France-based sculptor Ossip Zadkine (1890–1967), which had been organized by the...
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March

The Gallery's brochure contains two articles concerning the need for a new, larger “proper art gallery” for Winnipeg. To hear...
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April

The Gallery organizes and mounts on April 13, Art of the Americas Before Columbus. Lenders include the Brooklyn Museum, the American Museum of...
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May

One of the best-known photography exhibitions of the 20th century, The Family of Man, organised by the famous photographer Edward Steichen...
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June

Jessie Parker becomes President of the Women’s Committee.

1958

February

A memorial exhibition for Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956), organized by the National Gallery of Canada, opens on February 23. The...
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April

The “controversial” portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Italian painter Pietro Annigoni (1910–1988), on tour through Canada, is...
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May

The Women’s Committee decides to focus its purchases of works of art for the Gallery on contemporary Canadian art, the work of Lionel...
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Around the same time, the Gallery initiates its Extension Services Department. For the first time, the Gallery organizes and tours circulating...
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Modern Italian Art from the Estorick Collection opens on May 15. This exhibition, arranged for tour in Canada by the National Gallery of Canada,...
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June

A naked man is spotted entering one of the Gallery’s offices on the third floor of the Auditorium. He “surprised a young secretary who...
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Painting in the Park begins in the summer as a program offered for schoolchildren by the Women’s Committee, with local artists leading...
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September

The Gallery announces that the Canada Council has awarded it a $10,000 grant, a gesture that effectively places it in the same exclusive tier as...
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November

On November 8, the Gallery hosts the fourth annual Winnipeg Show. One of the jurors, Dr. Robert Hamilton Hubbard (1916–1989), Chief Curator...
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December

It is announced that the Women’s Committee has received a $1,000 grant from the Canada Council to purchase works of contemporary Canadian...
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1959

January

Cape Dorset becomes the first Inuit community to produce an annual print collection. The Women’s Committee, which had to date focused almost...
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February

The Gallery draws together loans of 23 bronze sculptures and nine graphic works for an exhibition of the internationally prominent sculptor...
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April

The Gallery’s Extension Services Department reports great success. In 1959, there are 21 exhibitions of prints and coloured slides, from...
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Members of the Gallery’s Women’s Committee embark for San Francisco to attend the third annual Volunteer Committees of Art Museums...
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May

The Gallery assists the Great-West Life Assurance Company in selecting works of art for the company’s new office building. The art selected...
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On May 21, the Gallery announces that it has commissioned Cecil Richards (1907–1981) to create the bronze sculpture Tree of Life, through...
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June

Dr. Charles Richard Hiscocks (1907–1998), Professor of Political Science at the University of Manitoba (1950–1964) becomes Board...
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November

The fifth Winnipeg Show attracts the largest number of submissions to date.

December

A Junior Committee forms at the Gallery through encouragement from the Women’s Committee. The Junior Committee, made up of individuals...
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1960

January

The Gallery mounts its first Tony Tascona (1926–2006) exhibition and acquires its first canvas by this Winnipeg abstract painter, Green...
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The Gallery also opens its Picture Rental Library, funded by the Junior League. The success of the program is reported a few years later. To hear...
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June

Architect Herbert Henry Gatenby Moody (1903–1991) becomes Board President.
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November

Paintings Graphics by Don Reichert, opens on November 15.

December

The Gallery, through funds raised by the Women’s Committee, makes its first major acquisition of Inuit art from the collection of professor...
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A major exhibition of the Dutch Post-Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890) opens on December 16. Exhibition attendance reaches almost...
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1961

April

The Gallery celebrates the invaluable role of its main volunteer base with the exhibition The First Ten Years of the Women’s Committee: An...
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June

Connie Glover becomes President of the Women’s Committee. Her daughter, Patricia, becomes a curator in the seventies and Director of the...
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September

The exhibition Recent British Sculpture, organized by the British Council and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada, contributes to...
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