University of Calgary

First World War centennial commemoration kicks-off with striking exhibition at The Military Museums

Submitted by darmstro on Mon, 2014-01-20 14:42.

Forging a Nation: Canada Goes to War showcases 100 years of military and civilian art

Jan. 20, 2014

An exhibition opening this week at the Founders' Gallery at The Military Museums will feature soldiers' trench art and civilian artwork never before publicly displayed in Canada.

To commemorate the centennial of both the beginning of the First World War and the formation of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), the University of Calgary and PPCLI Foundation presents Forging a Nation: Canada Goes to War at the Founders' Gallery. This is the first exhibition to open in Canada on the 100th year anniversary of the start of the First World War and the kick-off to a series of events planned across the country.

This exhibition features Canadian and foreign art and illuminates the remarkable events of war through the eyes of both military and civilian artists. In addition to regimentally-owned art, the exhibition also includes pieces on loan from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, the Imperial War Museum in London, England, and other important collections. The exhibition looks at the development of Canadian national identity and the development of Canadian art through war.

WHAT:   Media preview of Forging a Nation: Canada Goes to War               
WHEN:   Monday, January 20, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m                    
WHERE:  The Military Museums, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW. Parking is available
        at the museum                                                       
WHO:    Alex Gault, great grand-nephew of PPCLI founder Hamilton Gault      
        Lindsey V. Sharman, curator of art, the Founders' Gallery           
        Tom Hickerson, vice-provost, University of Calgary Libraries and    
        Cultural Resources                                                  
        Jason Yardley, spokesman, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light