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One of Canada’s most legendary private art collections is now on Vancouver Island

If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore one of Canada’s most legendary private collections, this is it.

For a limited time only, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will be hosting Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art—the story of one family’s visionary engagement with Canadian and Indigenous art.

Organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the much-anticipated exhibition opened on June 29th, and will be on view through October 27th.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to see some of the best privately owned Canadian art in the world,” said Steven McNeil, AGGV Chief Curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions.

“The Sobey family have been collecting art for three generations, and the result is a truly overwhelming collection of wonders – filled with over 120 works by some of Canada’s best known and most celebrated artists, including Emily Carr, the Group of Seven and Kent Monkman. The AGGV will be the final stop for this nationally touring exhibition. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these works together.”

The unique art collection has made its way across Canada, with Victoria being its final stop on the national tour, and the only stop in British Columbia.

If you’re looking to check out this incredible collection for yourself, we’ve partnered with Art Gallery of Greater Victoria to give away two admission tickets for Generations PLUS a copy of the hardcover exhibition catalogue—you’ll find those contest details below!

Generations brings together works by early European newcomers like Cornelius Krieghoff; titans of Canadian 20th century art, the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, David Milne and Emily Carr and a rich display of works by the Quebec Impressionists.

You will also find Automatiste painters Jean Paul Riopelle and Paul- Émile Borduas; and works by trail-blazing artists of today, including contemporary Indigenous artists Kent Monkman, Brenda Draney, Brian Jungen and Annie Pootoogook, as well as leading international artist Peter Doig.

A recurring theme in the exhibition is the North Atlantic, its role in history, and its impact on artists’ imaginations.

Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art is curated by McMichael Canadian Art Collection Executive Director and Chief Curator Sarah Milroy.

A free Public Open House for Generations will be held on Saturday, July 6th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission will be free all day, thanks to Feel Free, generously supported by TD Bank Group.


For a chance to win two admission tickets to Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria plus a copy of the hardcover exhibition catalogue, head over to the Victoria Buzz website and enter before July 10th.

(Kent Monkman / Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)

Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art

  • Where: 1040 Moss Street
  • When:
    • Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $15
    • Admission is free for AGGV members, those 25 and under, Indigenous Peoples and support workers

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