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Friendship Centre sketch (detail)

Brian Jungen, Friendship Centre sketch (detail), 2019. Watercolour on card, 45.7 X 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist © Brian Jungen.  

Brian Jungen: Friendship Centre

June 20 – August 25, 2019

Member's Preview: June 18 & 19

Public Opening: June 19, 6 pm

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This exhibition invites a new way of looking at Brian Jungen’s internationally acclaimed art practice, including the first-ever presentation of the artist’s archive that offers the viewer insight into his unique method of art production. A selection of Jungen’s striking sculptures made of repurposed objects and materials will be exhibited alongside an epic new moving image work. An artist of mixed European and Indigenous heritage, Jungen explores a long history of cultural inequality, a concern for the environment and a profound commitment to Indigenous ways of knowing and making.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario


Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #5

Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #5, 1999. Nike Air Jordans, human hair, 55.8 x 68.6 x 12.7 cm. Private Collection. © Brian Jungen. Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery.

Brian Jungen, Prototype #5
Brian Jungen, three works left to right, 1980, 1970, 1960

Brian Jungen, left to right, 1980, 1970, 1960 (2007). Polyester, metal, painted wood on paper sonotube, 396 x 122 x 91 cm each. Courtesy of the artist. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Purchased with the assistance of The David Yuile and Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, 2007; Promised Gift of Rosamond Ivey; Gift of Michael and Sonja Koerner, 2018, Toronto. © Brian Jungen. Photo: Sean Weaver/Art Gallery of Ontario.

Brian Jungen, 1980, 1970, 1960
brain jungen warrior 2

Brian Jungen, Warrior 2, 2017. Nike Air Jordans, hide glue, deerskin, 86 x 72 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. Collection of Nancy McCain and Bill Morneau. © Brian Jungen. Photo: SITE Photography

Brian Jungen, Warrior 2

Brian Jungen Events


Members' Preview: Brian Jungen Friendship Centre
June 18 & 19, 2019

AGO Members are invited to join us at our exclusive Members’ Preview for Brian Jungen Friendship Centre Be among the first to experience this in-depth exploration of Jungen’s unique approach to sculpture and the largest exhibition of his work to date. 

Artist's Talk: Brian Jungen
Wednesday June 19, 2019, 5:30 pm

Join artist Brian Jungen in a conversation with Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art Kitty Scott about the exhibition, Brian Jungen

Special Events
Public Opening - Brian Jungen: Friendship Centre
Wednesday June 19, 2019, 6 pm

Join us for the public opening of Brian Jungen: Friendship Centre, featuring Dane-zaa Dreamer's So


This book looks at over 80 sculptures, drawings, and film stills, along with a selection of archival materials including photographs, images of the artist working, unrealized works, and research pictures. Essays, an interview with the artist, and a timeline round out this generously illustrated book that details Jungen's deep material explorations which highlight a long history of inequality, a concern for the environment, and a profound commitment to Indigenous ways of knowing and making.

Authors: Kitty Scott, Ken Lum, Gerald McMaster, Candice Hopkins, Yasmin Nurming-Por
224 pages
Dimensions: 10.25" x 10.25"


Book cover for Brian Jungen: Friendship Centre catalogue
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