WAG Director Carol Philips with guests at the exhibition entrance, 1988. Winnipeg Art Gallery.
1912: The Break Up of Tradition opens on April 7. The exhibition includes over 100 major loans from around the world, works of art completed around the Gallery’s inaugural year of operations, from roughly 1911–1913.
The blockbuster exhibition includes sculpture, painting, and graphic work by virtually every major modern artist, from Alexander Archipenko (1887–1964) to Maurice Vlaminck (1876–1958). The exhibition includes rarely loaned titles from European and North American institutions, such as the Philadelphia Art Museum’s Man in a Cafe by Juan Gris (1887–1927), the Columbia Museum of Art’s Femme Nue (J’aime Eva) by Picasso (1881–1973), and Bird in Space by Constantin Brâncuşi (1876–1957) from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The Pompidou Centre in Paris, for its part, lends 16 works to the exhibition.