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In partnership with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Art Gallery of Ontario welcomes the exhibition «Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh and more» from October 22 to February 12. Between art, nature and mysticism, this major exhibition breaks new ground by exploring the mystical experiences of 37 artists and their masterpieces.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) invites visitors to accompany some of the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries on a spiritual journey of self-discovery. Organized in partnership with the renowned Musée d’Orsay in Paris, "Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh and more" will feature close to 90 extraordinary paintings and 20 works on paper, many of which seldom leave their home museum. Taking visitors on a journey through Europe, Scandinavia and North America, the exhibition will showcase 37 artists from 15 countries, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O‘Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler.

The years between 1880 and 1930 were marked by rampant materialism and rapid urbanization. Disillusioned with traditional religious institutions, many artists across Europe and North America searched for an unmediated spiritual path through mystical experiences. They conveyed their feelings of unity with nature and the cosmos in some of the most famous landscape paintings ever created. Gauguin found inspiration in the faith of peasants in rural Brittany; Monet sought solace from the First World War through hours of contemplation beside his waterlily pond at Giverny; and Van Gogh looked for consolation in the starry skies over Arles.

"These masterpieces convey experiences that cannot be put into words", says exhibition curator Katharine Lochnan, who worked 5 years on the project, ―"They express the artists‘ mystical experiences of something greater than themselves, and allow AGO visitors to contemplate their own deeper realities".

The AGO welcomes an exciting line-up of internationally renowned guests whose experiences and research examine that ongoing search. Speakers include the internationally renowned philosopher and political theorist Charles Taylor, who will present a lecture on the spiritual and art on, highlighting parallels between our modern spirituality and the rise of mysticism at the turn of the last century, on November 30th 2016.

Mystical Landscapes was conceived and developed by Katharine Lochnan, the AGO's senior curator of international exhibitions, together with guest curators Roald Nasgaard and Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov, in addition to Guy Cogeval and Isabelle Morin Loutrel of the Musée d'Orsay.

Find more information on the website: www.ago.net

Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto : Mystical Landscapes - Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more at the AGO

When
From October 22 2016 to February 12 2017
Where
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Vincent Van Gogh, " The Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles ", 1888, oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm Collection of Musée d’Orsay, Paris (France/Bridgeman Images).

In partnership with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Art Gallery of Ontario welcomes the exhibition «Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh and more» from October 22 to February 12. Between art, nature and mysticism, this major exhibition breaks new ground by exploring the mystical experiences of 37 artists and their masterpieces.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) invites visitors to accompany some of the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries on a spiritual journey of self-discovery. Organized in partnership with the renowned Musée d’Orsay in Paris, "Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, van Gogh and more" will feature close to 90 extraordinary paintings and 20 works on paper, many of which seldom leave their home museum. Taking visitors on a journey through Europe, Scandinavia and North America, the exhibition will showcase 37 artists from 15 countries, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O‘Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler.

The years between 1880 and 1930 were marked by rampant materialism and rapid urbanization. Disillusioned with traditional religious institutions, many artists across Europe and North America searched for an unmediated spiritual path through mystical experiences. They conveyed their feelings of unity with nature and the cosmos in some of the most famous landscape paintings ever created. Gauguin found inspiration in the faith of peasants in rural Brittany; Monet sought solace from the First World War through hours of contemplation beside his waterlily pond at Giverny; and Van Gogh looked for consolation in the starry skies over Arles.

"These masterpieces convey experiences that cannot be put into words", says exhibition curator Katharine Lochnan, who worked 5 years on the project, ―"They express the artists‘ mystical experiences of something greater than themselves, and allow AGO visitors to contemplate their own deeper realities".

The AGO welcomes an exciting line-up of internationally renowned guests whose experiences and research examine that ongoing search. Speakers include the internationally renowned philosopher and political theorist Charles Taylor, who will present a lecture on the spiritual and art on, highlighting parallels between our modern spirituality and the rise of mysticism at the turn of the last century, on November 30th 2016.

Mystical Landscapes was conceived and developed by Katharine Lochnan, the AGO's senior curator of international exhibitions, together with guest curators Roald Nasgaard and Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov, in addition to Guy Cogeval and Isabelle Morin Loutrel of the Musée d'Orsay.

Find more information on the website: www.ago.net

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