3 October 2012

New National Traveling Exhibition Opens at the NBM


On Thursday, October 4 from 5-7pm the New Brunswick Museum (NBM) will celebrate the opening of a new exhibition, I Know You by Heart:  Portrait Miniatures, organized and circulated by Library and Archives Canada (LAC).  The public is cordially invited to come and enjoy the evening with special guests Daniel J. Caron, Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada and Johanna Mizgala, Exhibition Curator.  The NBM is honored to be first to host this temporary exhibition.

“This exhibition provides an opportunity for New Brunswickers to view these personal mementos from Canada’s past, and experience the stories they tell. The New Brunswick Museum is proud to be its host”, said Jane Fullerton, CEO, New Brunswick Museum.“

This exhibition features 35 miniatures, an oil painting loaned by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and a five-minute bilingual video. The exhibition showcases portraits with fascinating stories, notably that of Alice Walker, the portrait around which LAC built the branding for the exhibition, and of Demasduit, the only known portrait of a Beothuk person created from life.

Portrait miniatures hold a special place of interest within the genre of portraiture. Portable and private, these treasured pieces were worn as jewellery, tucked inside a pocket, or kept in the home in a special place for daily viewing and remembrance.

There are over 100 portrait miniatures in LAC’s holdings, ranging from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Our modern-day miniature keepsakes are the pictures we keep on the screens of our portable devices—evidence that we still need to keep the people we care for close by when we are parted.

The NBM collection includes over 100 portrait miniatures dating from the mid-18th century to the 1920s.  The small selection of miniatures from the New Brunswick Museum collection chosen to accompany the LAC exhibition, I Know You by Heart: Portrait Miniatures, are works painted in the province, show New Brunswick citizens or were executed by New Brunswick artists.   The display also includes archival material that relates directly to the sitters or artists of these portrait miniatures.

Media interviews are available on Thursday, October 4 in the afternoon and Friday, October 5 in morning with Johanna Mizgala, Exhibition Curator.

This exhibition will be on display at the NBM Exhibition Centre until 31 December 2012.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Caitlin Griffiths
Communications and Marketing
New Brunswick Museum
Tel: (506) 643-7666
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