Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ugo Matulic About Norval Morrisseau



Norval Morrisseau in front of "ANDROGYNY" (12'x20', 1983) at the National Gallery of Canada /© 2006 Bruno Schlumberger, CanWest News Service/
~ This painting was donated by Norval Morrisseau to the Canadian people on April 15, 1983.

Created by world-renowned Canadian Aboriginal painter Norval Morrisseau, the Androgyny was installed In the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG) in the Rideau Hall (Ottawa) that replaced Charlottetown Revisited, a work created by the Jean Paul Lemieux.

The loan of Androgyny to Rideau Hall was made possible thanks to a partnership with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (currently known as the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada), and the Indian and Inuit Art Centre (currently known as the Aboriginal Art Centre). The piece had been on display from September 18th, 2008 until June 20th, 2012 and was seen by hundreds of thousand of the Rideau Hall's guests and visitors...

Norval Morrisseau at his sold out exhibition in 1962 at the Pollock Gallery in Toronto; interviewed by June Calwood, called himself an Indian.

Norval Morrisseau never cared about being politically correct or politically incorrect. He was an artist who knew his importance in promoting the cultural heritage of his people, The Great Ojibway. He was also an artist who literally painted his life, as many paintings he created represented a very intimate side of his personality and actual people who he was associated with... 

All that is happening with his Legacy NOW is just the testament that the MORRISSEAU STARDOM is just about to explode into the hearts of the HUMANKIND.

... In my opinion the Government of Canada could have honoured Norval Morrisseau in a much better way if they had investigated themselves through legal authorities at their disposal, these controversial and not-so-controversial issues that are damaging Norval Morrisseau's art market and consequently his legacy. The legacy and great body of artwork by the late Norval Morrisseau is a 'National Treasure' that will honour the commitment made by the Canadian Government in regards to our unique and diverse cultural heritage to be enjoyed by future generations of Canadians and other humans.

"He was the Master and Masters belong to the World."

Ugo Matulić, Collector & Researcher


* The photograph in this post was taken in Ottawa in February, 2006 at the opening of the "Norval Morrisseau - Shaman Artist". The first solo exhibition featuring a First Nations artist in 126-year history of the National Gallery of Canada.

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