Fonds P0282 - Pnina Gagnon fonds

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Pnina Gagnon fonds

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  • 1953 - 2021 (Creation)
    Gagnon, Pnina Cohen

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7,044 digital records (33.8 GB)
8.70 m of textual records (approx.29 boxes)
8 boxes of photographs
3 boxes of slides
8 scrapbooks
1 object

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Pnina Cohen Gagnon was born in Haifa, Israël where she attended the Leo Beck School. She studied physiotherapy at Asaf Harofè Hospital near Tel-Aviv and art in Montreal, Canada at École des Beaux-arts de Montréal, where she graduated in 1966. Her first solo exhibition was in 1967 at Galerie Le Gobelet in Montreal. In 1972 Gagnon published her first artist book 'Jukim and various other insects' in conjunction with her solo exhibition at the Rothchild House in Haifa, Israel. The same year she participated in the group exhibition 'On the human body/Du corps humain' at the Sir George Williams Gallery. In 1973 she designed the stage for the play 'Trois prétendants, un mari' by Guillaume Oyono M’Bia at the Université de Montréal auditorium. Gagnon’s work has been collected by several Canadian and Israeli public institutions. As of 2022, she has produced over 30 solo exhibitions and participated in as many group exhibitions. Her mediums include painting, drawing, sculpture, video, installation, and writing on themes related to the natural world and natural phenomena.

  • Pnina Gagnon was awarded the Shtrook Award in 1995
  • Gagnon has been a member of the Royal Canadian Society since 2003

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The fonds provides information on Pnina Gagnon’s professional life as an artist. It consists of records on her creative works, exhibitions, writings and publications, media coverage, correspondence and conferences or talks she took part in.

The fonds also contains records about her private life. It consists mainly of personal correspondence, journals and agendas, records on her education, family, travels and spirituality.

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The material was donated to Records Management and Archives in winter and spring of 2022.


Digital material extracted from optical media has been arranged and stored in an Archival Information Package (AIP).

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  • French
  • Hebrew

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    Some records in the Private Life series are restricted until March 2062.

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