31 October, 2021 - 7 November, 2021

Experience the magical world of Canada in the Kunsthal exhibition Magnetic North this autumn. As a special accompaniment to this exhibition, the Kunsthal will organise a programme with talks and tours on two consecutive Sundays: 30 October and 7 November. Contributors will include the writer, journalist and presenter Emy Koopman, the director of the Centre for Canadian Studies of the University of Groningen Jeanette den Toonder, and the Americanist and Indigenous activist Manon Portos Minetti. And you can also participate in a landscape painting workshop by Solko Schalm.

Programme Sunday 31 October

11.00 - 11.45 hrs Tour Magnetic North UrbanGuides
12.00 - 12.45 hrs Special Tour Manon Portos Minetti
13.00 - 13.45 hrs Tour Magnetic North UrbanGuides
13.15 - 13.45 hrs Talk by Emy Koopman and Judy Hooymeyer
14.00 - 14.45 hrs Special Tour Manon Portos Minetti
14.00 - 16.00 hrs Workshop Landscape Painting (16+) Fully booked!
15.00 - 15.45 hrs Tour Magnetic North UrbanGuides
16.00 - 16.45 hrs Tour Magnetic North UrbanGuides

Programme Sunday 7 November

11.00 - 13.00 hrs Workshop Landscape Painting (16+) Fully booked!
11.00 - 11.45 hrs Tour Magnetic North UrbanGuides
12.00 - 12.45 hrs Special Tour Jeanette den Toonder
13.00 - 13.45 hrs Tour Magnetic North UrbanGuides
13.15 - 13.45 hrs Talk Manon Portos Minetti
14.00 - 14.45 hrs Special Tour Jeanette den Toonder
15.00 - 15.45 hrs Tour Magnetic North UrbanGuides
16.00 - 16.45 hrs Tour Magnetic North UrbanGuides

 

Special tour by Manon Portos Minetti

See the exhibition through the eyes of Manon Portos Minetti (they/them). Manon is an Americanist, programmer and Indigenous activist with a mission to give Americans who have no voice in the public debate the tools to make themselves heard. To guarantee your place on the tour, please makes your advance booking via aanmelden@kunsthal.nl

Talk by Emy Koopman and Judy Hooymeyer

In this lecture, Emy Koopman and Judy Hooymeyer will share their perspective on Canada. Emy Koopman is a writer, journalist and presenter of the documentary television series Paradijs Canada (Paradise Canada), and Judy Hooymeyer is a sociologist and artist who is currently working on an autobiography that discusses her Indigenous-Canadian roots. This talk will take place at the Kunsthal Auditorium, it is not necessary to book in advance. 

Landscape Painting Workshop (16+)

The artist Solko Schalm will teach you how to paint a landscape yourself. During the workshop you will be studying the Canadian landscapes in the exhibition, learn how to look at a landscape, and subsequently paint your own landscape using acrylic paint. The workshop is suitable for both beginning and advanced painters from 16 years and older. 

Participating in the workshop (including all materials) is free upon presentation of a valid Kunsthal entry ticket. Book quickly via aanmelden@kunsthal.nl, only a limited number of people can participate.

Magnetic North tours by UrbanGuides

Discover the magic of the northern lights, idyllic landscapes and majestic vistas of the Arctic together with a guide from UrbanGuides. Over eighty masterful paintings and sketches show a mythical and imaginary Canada. At the heart of the exhibition, audio-visual works by the Alqonquin-French artist Caroline Monnet and the Anishinaabe film maker Lisa Jackson offer a critical perspective on the paintings. These films by women representatives of the country’s Indigenous cultures shed a different light on the landscapes by the Group of Seven.
 

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Exhibition Magnetic North at Kunsthal Rotterdam. Photo Marco De Swart
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Caroline Monnet Mobilize, 2015 Single Channel Video 3 minutes Filmstill, National film board of Canada © Caroline Monnet

Special Tour by Jeanette den Toonder

During this guided tour, Jeannette den Toonder, senior lecturer and director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Groningen, will elaborate on the representation of the Canadian population in relation to the artworks by the Group of Seven. 

After the Canadian Confederation was declared in 1867, Canada was no longer a British colony and went in search for an identity of its own. However, the question as to what exactly constitutes Canadian identity remains relevant to this day. During this tour, this question of identity will be linked to the way in which the country and the landscape are represented in paintings by the Group of Seven, and we will take a close look at the film collage by Caroline Monnet and the documentary by Lisa Jackson that discuss questions of identity and representation from the perspective of the First Nations.

To guarantee your place on the tour, please book in advance via aanmelden@kunsthal.nl.

Talk by Manon Portos Minetti

Americanist, programmer and Indigenous activist Manon Portos Minetti (they/them) will give a lecture on the creation myth of Sky Woman. This myth – a cornerstone of many Indigenous cultures in North America, including Canada – serves as the point of departure for Manon’s talk about the horrors that Indigenous peoples have been, and still are, subjected to in past and present. During this lecture, Manon will show the duality between Indigenous erasure and reclamation, and explain how difficult it is for a people to find joy while they are still being colonised. This talk is in English and there will be an opportunity to ask Manon questions.

PARTICIPATION AND BOOKINGS

Participating in all the above-mentioned programmes is free upon presentation of a valid Kunsthal entry ticket. If you want to secure a place on the Specials Tours and/or workshops, book your advance ticket now via: aanmelden@kunsthal.nl. Please mention the following in your e-mail: your contact details, the number of people, the programme, and the date/time for which you would like to make a reservation. We will let you know as soon as possible whether your reservation was successful.

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