Marianna Schmidt, Untitled, n.d.

Marianna Schmidt: Carnaval Photographs & Paintings

Teck Gallery, Vancouver
June 25 – August 30, 2007

This exhibition showcases 12 photographs and 5 paintings by Marianna Schmidt, all on the theme of carnaval. Schmidt travelled frequently to South America, often during carnaval time, for inspiration and for respite from Vancouver, which she perceived to be a cultural backwater. Returning with numerous black and white photographs, she would use this material to translate her experience into vibrant paintings.

Marianna Schmidt was a Hungarian refugee displaced by World War II, who immigrated to Canada in 1952. From 1956 until her death in 2005, she made Vancouver her adopted home. Schmidt studied at the Vancouver School of Art, and supported her art practice by working as a lab technician at the Vancouver General Hospital.

This exhibition is part of a retrospective on Marianna Schmidt's life and work, organized in conjunction with the Burnaby Art Gallery and the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam.

Curated by Bill Jeffries.

The other two exhibitions are:

Marianna Schmidt: Selected Prints and Drawings
July 10 – August 26, 2007
Burnaby Art Gallery

Marianna Schmidt: Mixed Media Works 1963 to 2002
July 13 – September 15, 2007
Evergreen Cultural Centre


Panel Dicussion: Marianna Schmidt: Mapping a Life
Thursday, July 26, 2007, 7pm
Room 1600, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street