Winnipeg Art Gallery: Art and Florals Speak Together in Nature Rearranged

Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 9, 2017: A new exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery offers a fresh take on the still life, one of the oldest genres in the history of art. In celebration of Art in Bloom 2017, Nature Rearranged: A Century of the Still Life at the WAG explores the flower power fueling the last century of Canadian and European art. Curated by Dr. Stephen D. Borys, WAG Director & CEO, the exhibition opens February 18 and runs into May 2017.

Artists have been creating still life paintings for centuries. At first glance, the still life may appear uncomplicated. Its components – flowers, plants, domestic articles, and foodstuffs – are familiar to everyday life.

"Flowers speak a universal language - one that continues to inspire and challenge artists," comments Borys. "In the lead-up to the Art in Bloom festival coming to the WAG this spring, Nature Rearranged reflects the lasting beauty of the flower in art history."

The exhibition presents a two gallery display of still-life paintings alongside a selection of exquisite table objects from the WAG's renowned collection of English porcelain. Sauceboats, teapots, and plates feature delicate motifs telling the story of the flower in decorative arts. In the 17th to 19th centuries, still-life paintings were deemed a unique genre, ranked below history painting, landscape, and portraiture in the academic hierarchy. Nature Rearranged brings together several fine examples, including work by Marc Chagall, Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald, Ivan Eyre, Wanda Koop, and more.

"Nature Rearranged is a wonderful complement to Art in Bloom," say Hennie Corrin and Hazel Borys, co-chairs of Art in Bloom 2017. "Visitors will be surrounded by flowers and art when they view the exhibition leading up to our spectacular display of fresh floral designs inspired by art."

From April 20 to 23, Art in Bloom is a community-organized event that will see professional and non-professional floral designers interpret with flowers over 70 artworks in the Gallery's collection. To learn more visit wag.ca/aib

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