The Military Museums launches The Navy: A Century in Art

a 1916 photo of the Battleship "HMS Canada"

CALGARY, March 25, 2010 /Canada NewsWire Telbec/ - A new travelling exhibition by the Canadian War Museum had its national premiere earlier today at Calgary's Military Museums.

The Navy: A Century in Art marks the centennial of the founding of the Canadian Navy. It features a selection of paintings from many of Canada's leading war artists, and demonstrates how geography, history and war have shaped the Navy through its first century of service. The works in this exhibition are drawn mainly from the War Museum's Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. They capture the diverse roles, traditions and activities of this national institution.

The exhibition opens to the public on March 27, and closes on June 20, 2010.

"We are excited that the Canadian War Museum has partnered with The Military Museums in this prestigious exhibition," said Tom Doucette, Executive Director of The Military Museums. "We look proudly upon the Canadian Navy and its 100 years of service."

"This exhibition is a testament to the important and diverse roles fulfilled by the Canadian Navy over the past century," said Mark O'Neill, Director General of the Canadian War Museum. "It is a privilege for us to be able to share treasures from our collections with Canadians across the country."

Some of Canada's finest artists have captured the Canadian naval experience in times of war and peace - from dramatic depictions of the Battle of the Atlantic to intimate portraits of life at sea and ashore. Their works show us the human face of this experience, while helping to illuminate the important role that the Navy has played in Canadian history for the past 100 years. This exhibition will feature paintings from both official and unofficial war artists, including Arthur Lismer, Alex Colville, Harold Beament, Donald C. Mackay, Anthony Law, Ted Zuber and Pegi Nicol MacLeod.

A selection of high resolution images of artwork from the exhibition can be found online on the Canadian War Museum's media site at

About The Military Museums

The Military Museums (TMM) contains seven of 68 accredited Canadian Forces museums. TMM's recent $18.5 million capital expansion and renovation has seen the facility grow from 52,000 sq ft to 107,000 sq ft. The expanded facility is now tri-service and includes the following organizations:

- Naval Museum of Alberta
- Army Museum of Alberta
- Air Force Museum of Alberta
- Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) Museum
- Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Museum and Archives
- The King's Own Calgary Regiment (Royal Canadian Armoured Corps)
- The Calgary Highlanders Regimental Museum and Archives
- The University of Calgary Military Museums Library and Archives

The Military Museums is dedicated to representing Canada's navy, army, and air force and to educate the public about Canada's military.

About the Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum is the national Museum of military history. It attempts to help all Canadians to better understand their country's military history in its personal, national and international dimensions. The Museum emphasizes the human experience of war to explain the impact of organized human conflict on Canada and Canadians, and how - through war, conflict and peace support operations - Canadians have affected, and been affected by, the world around them. Special exhibitions and programs also explore non-Canadian and general themes related to the human experience of war and the subject of armed conflict, past and present.