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Transformations – A. Y. Jackson and Otto Dix

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The brutal horrors that Group of Seven painter A. Y. Jackson and German artist Otto Dix witnessed on the front lines of the First World War as soldiers moved each to create landscape art that reflects their experiences of the conflict.

Transformations – A. Y. Jackson and Otto Dix shows how their wartime experiences resonate in their later landscapes. Many transform elements of the conflict into personal commentary on Canadian and German national identity in the inter-war years.

Today, Jackson’s landscapes continue to contribute to a distinctly Canadian visual identity that fosters patriotism and connection to Canada. Conversely, Dix’s art has only recently been seen as reflective of Germany’s troubled experiences of war, defeat and dictatorship.

Arranged chronologically into five sections, from their early years to their deaths, this groundbreaking exhibition draws upon rich historical and art resources, including over 70 paintings, drawings and prints from public and private collections in Canada, the United States and Germany.

An exhibition produced by the Canadian War Museum, with the generous support of the National Gallery of Canada.



Complete your visit by picking up the Transformations souvenir catalogue, on sale online and at the Museum Boutique.




A. Y. Jackson, Lake Rouvière, 1961

A. Y. Jackson, Lake Rouvière, 1961. © Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa / City of Ottawa / Ottawa Art Gallery


Otto Dix, Gräben vor Reims II, 1915. © Estate of Otto Dix / SODRAC (2014) / Valentien, Stuttgart 



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No photography is permitted in Transformations, please.

No tripods, bags, umbrellas or coats are permitted inside the exhibition.