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Heroine of a Thousand Pieces: The Judith Mosaics of Lilian Broca
April 1, 2017 - April 23, 2017
Celebrated Vancouver mosaic artist Lilian Broca opens the third leg of her traveling exhibition.
The Museum of Biblical Art is honoured to have the Consul General of Canada, Sara Wilshaw, give the opening remarks at Lilian Broca’s exhibition reception.
The monumental mosaics on display are part of the solo traveling exhibition Heroine of a Thousand Pieces: The Judith Mosaics of Lilian Broca.
Canadian visual artist Lilian Broca is an internationally recognized, award-winning artist; her imposing mosaic panels, ranging from 72-78 inches tall and 48 – 96 inches wide are executed in Italian smalto glass and completed over a span of four years.
During her lengthy career, Broca has depicted powerful mythical women, including Lilith, Esther, and now, Judith, as role models whose experiences are relevant to contemporary social and gender issues.
The Judith mosaics tell the story of the strong-willed Hebrew widow and the enemy, Assyrian general Holofernes. They depict her sacrifice, courage and sheer force of will which resulted in powerful social change. The exhibition in particular, raises ideas about contemporary women and how they too, possess the courage and strength of the independent and daring Judith.
Throughout history and all around the world, individuals and minorities, men and women alike, have struggled against fierce odds to obtain and preserve their basic human rights. The Judith story illuminates a fundamental truth that one single person, can make a difference in a threatened community. Judith singlehandedly saved her community from being taken into slavery.
Mosaics with their “individual bits” that are incorporated into large artworks, accurately reflect the present world arena with fractured society groups migrating and integrating into new cultures. The end result is an invigorating and exciting amalgam of colours and textures that work well together.
The exhibition Heroine of a Thousand Pieces: The Judith Mosaics of Lilian Broca was shown in 2015 at Vancouver’s Il Museo, and in 2016 at Toronto’s JD Carrier Art Gallery. It attracted diverse audiences, from art enthusiasts to those who were exposed to the medium of mosaic for the first time. The exhibition became an important catalyst for discussions on contemporary art, ancient women, as well as the enigmatic nature of the Judith story.