The Collectors' Cosmos: The Meakins-McClaran Print Collection takes viewers on a unique visual journey with a stunning display of Dutch and Flemish prints from the 16th- and 17th-centuries. This remarkable exhibition at the Audain Art Museum
provides a glimpse into the making of what became one of the foremost private collections of European prints in Canada.
This compelling collection of prints evolved over the course of 40 years. The collectors, Dr. Jonathan Meakins, an officer of the Order of Canada and former head of surgery at McGill University Health Centre, and Dr. Jacqueline McClaran, the founder and first director of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging, had a deep curiosity about the world, coupled with an interest in landscapes and the striking beauty of the printed line against the white page.
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, the AAMs Director & Chief Curator, Dr. Curtis Collins, chose to bring this exhibition to Whistler because of its historical and artistic significance. The Museum is incredibly fortunate to have a facility that can host such a valuable collection. Dutch masters of the era featured in this unique selection are rarely seen in British Columbia. The exhibition features over 170 works and includes prints by such notable European Masters as Rembrandt van Rijn, Hendrick Goltzius and Jacob van Ruisdael. Rembrandt was the leading printmaker in Europe during the 1600s and was known for his innovative use of the medium. Visitors to the Museum will marvel at the incredible expressiveness of his lines, explains an exuberant Collins.
The AAM is also grateful to the Resort Municipality of Whistler, one of the exhibitions Government Partners. We are very fortunate to host The Collectors Cosmos collection at the Audain Art Museum, as it provides an exceptional opportunity to learn more about early European print-making right here in Whistler, says Mayor Jack Crompton. Thank you to the National Gallery of Canada, the Audain Art Museum and partners for your work in bringing this collection to our residents and resort guests.
The exhibition is also supported by Government Partner Canadian Heritage and Hotel Partner Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The Audain Art Museum is grateful to be on the shared, unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nation and Lil̓wat7úl (Lilwat) Nation.
The Collectors Cosmos will be on display in Whistler until May 15, 2023. A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue is available for purchase at the Museum Store and its online shop.