Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the first exhibition by the Group of Seven, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection mounted an exhibition of the Group’s finest pieces. This exhibition was launched on January 25, 2020. Ian Dejardin, curator for the exhibit, provides historical context, details on each individual artist and guides us on the journey of appreciating their interpretations on Canada’s beauty and nature. It is a celebration of their work.
Ian is an art historian, exhibition curator and museum professional. From April 2017 Ian has held the position of Executive Director for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. In 2005 he succeeded Desmond Shawe-Taylor as Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery having held the position of Curator of that Gallery’s famous permanent collection of European Old Master paintings from 1998. While at Dulwich, Ian co-curated Henry Moore at Dulwich Picture Gallery (2004); Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (2011); Emily Carr: From the Forest to the Sea (2014); and Vanessa Bell (2017), the latter two exhibitions in collaboration with Sarah Milroy, with whom he has also co-curated David Milne: Modern Painting (2018; at Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection). He has organised numerous other exhibitions for the Gallery and authored the Gallery’s publication, Director’s Choice (2006), published by Scala (something he has also done for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in 2018). 2019 Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald: Into the Light (co-curator).