ROBERT HOULE Red is Beautiful
January 27, 2023 to March 26, 2023
Regular museum hours
Robert Houle is one of the most influential First Nations artists in the contemporary art world.
His work blends abstraction, modernism and conceptualism with First Nations aesthetics and histories. Houle went to residential school in Sandy Bay, Manitoba, and studied art at the University of Manitoba, McGill University in Montreal, the Salzburg International Summer Academy, and at Concordia University. Houle was also active on museum boards and is an accomplished artist, curator and writer. Robert Houle: Red is Beautiful will feature over 90 large installations, paintings and drawings created between 1970 and 2020. Themes in the exhibition include Sacred Geometry, The Spiritual Legacy of the Ancient Ones, Beyond History Painting, The Aesthetics of Disappearance, Residential School Years, and Sovereignty. Houle is a colourist working in oil and has painted an impressive body of work that challenges our understanding of Western and First Nations art history. This exhibition is a walk through fifty years of what matters to First Nations and Settler relations today with an artist who is always ahead of time.