This exhibition focuses on the creation, dissemination and alteration of Canada’s trademark art image, The Fathers of Confederation. This iconic Canadian image has decorated the walls of Parliament, the pages of history books and even cookie tins. More recently, it has been criticized by the brushstrokes of various contemporary artists, who seek to tell the unwritten and unacknowledged stories and narratives that hide beneath the canvas of Canada’s contested history. Canada’s Birthday Portrait will explore the impressions that the image has made on Canadian society and culture, including a special connection to Toronto, through kitsch, collectables, fine art and more.
Curated by Alyssa Trudeau
Designed by Claire Hamilton