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Fritz Brandtner: Retrospective Exhibition    Sep 10 - Sep 24, 2011


After the fire last January, we are pleased to finally be back in our own space again and excited to start the fall season in this new setting. In keeping with our tradition of holding an autumn retrospective of works by important Canadian artists, this September we have chosen to showcase the works of Fritz Brandtner, a daring artist whose range and variety of works are fascinating. His creations from the 1930s were remarkably ahead of their time and he continued to push the envelope throughout his long career. We are pleased to present a wide-ranging show of his paintings and works on paper. As always, it is the extraordinary generosity of friends and clients that allows a unique show like this to take place. Many fine works by Brandtner that have rarely been publicly exhibited have been enthusiastically loaned to us, allowing us to put together a fascinating portrait of Brandtner's artistic journey through the 30s, 40s and 50s. According to art critic René Viau "The influences Brandtner carried with him gave substance to his works, which were rooted in European and German avantgarde movements. In this way Brandtner played a unique role as a “go-between” in the development of modern art in Canada."
Please join us on September 10 to help us celebrate our reopening and to pay tribute to the unique art of Fritz Brandtner.

About the artist: Born in Danzig, Germany, in 1898, Fritz Brandtner emigrated to Canada in 1928. After several years in Winnipeg, he settled in Montreal in 1934. In 1936, Brandtner founded the Children’s Art Centre along with Dr. Norman Bethune. He also taught at McGill University and the University of New- Brunswick. Brandtner exhibited his art throughout Canada and abroad. He received several prizes, among them the Jessie Dow Prize and the Canada Council Visual Arts Award. Brandtner died in Montreal in 1969.

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