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Political Protest Meets Classical Literature at the Burnaby Art Gallery This Fall

Explore the connection between written word and visual art in Reading Art, a powerful and challenging exhibition presented by the Burnaby Art Gallery from September 25 to January 17.

The diverse and ever-changing nature of language is on full display in Reading Art, which features works which draw inspiration from political protest, as well as classical literature such as Dante’s Divine Comedy, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Marcel Proust’s Swann in Love.

The opening of the exhibition September 25 coincides with a return to regular hours at the BAG:

  • Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

Exhibition viewing with reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing will continue to be available by advance appointment by calling 604-297-4422 during office hours Monday-Friday.

Curated by Ellen van Eijnsbergen and Jennifer Cane, Reading Art features works from the Burnaby Art Gallery’s permanent collection, as well as pieces on loan. Works from a diverse array of artists from the past century will be on display, including: John Baldessari, Salvador Dali, Enn Erisalu, General Idea, Guerrilla Girls, Angela Grossmann, Jenny Holzer, Clare Leighton, Micah Lexier, Jane Ash Poitras, Jack Shadbolt, Janice Toulouse, and Joyce Wieland, among others.

“The exhibition in the lower gallery gives viewers an opportunity to consider the role that language has played in contemporary art,” said Ellen van Eijnsbergen, Director and Curator for the Burnaby Art Gallery. “In the upper gallery we invite guests to explore how literature is illustrated through an artistic response.”

Enhanced cleaning procedures and safety protocols at the Burnaby Art Gallery will ensure that visitors can continue to connect with culture safely. All visitors are expected to respect and follow safety signage and staff directions at all times, and are asked to postpone their visit if they are feeling sick.


Curator’s Talk 
Sunday, October 18, 2pm and 3pm | Registration through phone or via Webreg
Join curators Ellen van Eijnsbergen and Jennifer Cane for an in-depth tour of the exhibition Reading Art.

Learn More: Reading Art


 Since 1967, the Burnaby Art Gallery (BAG) has been dedicated to collecting, preserving and presenting a contemporary and historical visual art program by local, national and internationally recognized artists. The BAG acts as a leader in the collection, preservation and exhibition of artists who choose to work on paper–the only public art museum in Canada dedicated to works of art on paper. Through our collection and exhibition practices the BAG endeavours to represent the best and most promising Canadian artists. The BAG cares for and manages over 5,700 works of art in the City of Burnaby’s Permanent Art Collection.

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