The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
is an art gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario
, Canada, northwest of Toronto
. It houses an extensive collection of paintings by Tom Thomson
, the Group of Seven
and their contemporaries, and First Nations
artists. The collection also hosts temporary special exhibitions. The log and fieldstone
building is nestled in 40 hectares of stunning woodland.
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is devoted to collecting and exhibiting Canadian art, with a specific focus on Tom Thomson
, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries: David Milne
, Thoreau MacDonald
, J.W. Morrice, Clarence Gagnon, Albert H. Robinson, Maurice Cullen, and Emily Carr
. In addition, the collection includes works by First Nations, Inuit, and other artists who have made a contribution to the development of Canadian art. The gallery is situated amid of serene conservation land, and housed in a sprawling complex of intimate galleries built of fieldstone and hand-hewn logs.
The inspiration for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection came from its founders, Robert and Signe McMichael, avid collectors of Canadian art, who decided to build a country retreat. In 1951, Mr and Mrs McMichael purchased of land in the village of Kleinburg, Ontario and built a pioneer-style home, which they named Tapawingo (believed to mean, “place of joy”). As their collection and interest from the public grew, the McMichaels added several additional galleries to their home,... Read More