The Last Harvest

"THE LAST HARVEST" - Exhibition of Paintings


Exhibition of Paintings by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore at McMichael Canadian Art Collection on May 19 to July 15, 2012


To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection will host the exclusive Canadian display of the exhibition "The Last Harvest: Paintings by Rabindranath Tagore" from May 19 to July 15, 2012 at McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365, Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontarion L0J 1C0.


Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) is lauded around the world as a poet, playwright, musician, and philosopher. He was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, yet few outside India know that he was also a highly regarded visual artist.The Last Harvest: Paintings By Rabindranath Tagore comprises more than sixty works on paper created by this versatile and prolific visionary, drawn from three collections in India. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection will host the only showing of this exhibition in Canada.


The Last Harvest is divided into four thematic sections: The Discovery of Rhythm; Images of Nature; Theatre of Gestures; and Faces, Masks and Portraits. Through his paintings, like in his poems, songs, and literature, Tagore searched for a unifying theme or universal truth that ran as a common thread through all of his creations. The constant working of Tagore's mind may be seen in the unfettered flow of lines, free choice of colors, and moods that are at times whimsical and at others pensive.


The exhibition is curated by Professor Raman Siva Kumar of Visva-Bharati University and has previously been presented in New York's Asia Society Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Other versions are being exhibited in Paris, Rome, London, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Berlin. It is particularly noteworthy that the only Canadian presentation of the exhibition will take place here, at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection—Tagore was an important influence on members of the Group of Seven and during his visit to Canada in 1929, he met with Fred Varley and Lawren S. Harris.


The Last Harvest: Paintings by Rabindranath Tagore is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, edited by Professor Raman Siva Kumar and featuring essays by leading scholars on Tagore's writing, philosophy, and artistic practice.


The Last Harvest: Paintings By Rabindranath Tagore is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and the National Gallery of Modern Art as part of the commemoration of 150th Year Celebration of Rabindranath Tagore.


The Canadian exhibition at the McMichael is presented in collaboration with Panorama India and the Tagore Anniversary Celebrations Committee, Toronto (TACCT).

Programme Schedule at McMichael

Saturday, 19 May 2012 - Opening of the Exhibition

Saturday, May 26, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Raman Siva Kumar, curator, and Dipak Mazumdar, translator, on The Latest Harvest: Paintings of Rabindranath Tagore and His Later Poems
Cost: $25 general public; $20 McMichael members. Registration required by May 11.


Thursday, May 31, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Rabindranth Tagore Curriculum Night
Cost: Free for teachers and educators.


Sunday, June 3, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ananda Mela: Celebrating Rabindranath Tagore at the McMichael

  • Ananda Mela workshops, ongoing, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Satyajit Ray films, starting at 12:00 p.m. with an introduction by Kathleen O'Connell, lecturer in South Asia Studies at the University of Toronto.
  • Dance, music, and poetry performance at 1:30 p.m.


Sunday, June 24 at 11:30 a.m.
Rabindranath Tagore: East Meets Great North
Cost: Included with gallery admission.


For details: Please see the attached Press Release and Flyer

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