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The Mactaggart Art Collection: Remembering Sandy Mactaggart


Date: Tuesday, October 3 – Friday, October 6, 2017 

Location: Telus Centre (87 avenue and 111th street) 

Time: Open 12:00 – 2:00 pm daily


*To book a class or group visit, please contact Sarah Spotowski 



“Sometimes when you look back on a full life, you realize to your surprise that matters which you thought were unimportant indulgences have instead turned out to be incredibly important initiatives.”  - John E. Vollmer, a long-time friend of the Mactaggart’s and a curator, quoting Sandy Mactaggart.*

Sandy and Cécile Mactaggart spent a lifetime collecting rare Asian paintings and textiles – a collection which they began generously donating to the University of Alberta in 2004. Their passion and love for the works of art they were collecting was more than just a personal interest; this collection would play an important role in the future of the University of Alberta. Sandy Mactaggart hoped that this collection would help Albertans foster an understating of the relationship between Canada and China that would benefit both countries for many future generations.

Sandy Mactaggart passed away in July 2017 and some of his favourite and beloved artifacts are once again being shared with the community. 

The Mactaggart Art Collection contains over 1000 textiles and 100 paintings. Other artifacts such as handscrolls, albums and engravings as well as the textiles and paintings, range from the Song period (960 – 1279) through to the end of the Qing period (1644 – 1911). The collection can be searched through an online database. 


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* Vollmer, John E. "An Evening with Sandy and Cécile Mactaggart, Discussing Their Chinese Textile Collection." Orientations: The magazine for collectors and connoisseurs of Asian art, Nov. & Dec. 2005, 44.