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Marianna Schmidt: Selected Prints & Drawings

Burnaby Art Gallery
Burnaby BC – Jul 1-Aug 26, 2007

Marianna Schmidt - Angry Man
Marianna Schmidt, Angry Man (1986) mixed media on paper [Burnaby Art Gallery BC, Jul 1-Aug 26]

More than 95 original works created over 40 years by late Vancouver artist Marianna Schmidt (1918-2005) will be shown in three concurrent exhibitions this summer. The Evergreen Cultural Centre’s Mixed Media Works showcases Schmidt’s original paintings and mixed media images on paper dating from 1963 to 2002. Selected Prints & Drawings at the Burnaby Art Gallery features her prints and drawings, and the SFU Teck Gallery exhibition, Carnaval Photographs & Paintings, focusses on the influence of her Latin American travels.

Marianna Schmidt - Untitled (Ever wonder why she’s smiling)
Marianna Schmidt, Untitled (Ever wonder why she’s smiling) (1995) Xerograph [Burnaby Art Gallery BC, Jul 1-Aug 26]

Schmidt lived her life in loneliness and frequent isolation, yet she tirelessly produced portraits and other figurative images of the human condition. She lived in Vancouver for 50 years but never made the city her home any more than Hungary, which she fled in 1945; nor Austria, where she spent time in a displaced-persons camp; nor England, where she lived briefly before immigrating to Canada; nor Montreal, Edmonton, Victoria or any of the places to which she travelled in her later years, including the Middle East and Latin America. She lived her life like a displaced person while creating significant neo-expressionist drawings, prints, and colour xerographs based on original collages that in later years included geographic maps.

In preparation for the three exhibits, art critic Robin Laurence and Ellen van Eijnsbergen, Visual Art Program Manager of the Evergreen Cultural Centre, travelled to the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (Museum for Contemporary Art), in Ghent, Belgium to select artworks from the museum’s extensive holdings. The European pieces will be displayed together with selected works from the collection of the artist, private collectors, and the City of Burnaby’s Permanent Art Collection.

June 25-August 30
Marianna Schmidt: Carnaval Photographs & Paintings
Teck Gallery, SFU Vancouver Campus.

July 13-September 15
Marianna Schmidt: Mixed Media Works, 1963-2002
Evergreen Cultural Centre.

Thursday, July 26, 7pm
Panel discussion: Marianna Schmidt: Mapping a Life
Room 1600, SFU Downtown Campus.


Mia Johnson

Marianna Schmidt - Untitled (Dislocation)
Marianna Schmidt, Untitled (Dislocation) (1993) mixed media on paper [Burnaby Art Gallery BC, Jul 1-Aug 26]

 Wed, Jun 6, 2007