CORY TREPANIER - Oceanographic Museum
1st of march to 30th of april


On March 1, 2020 the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco opens its doors to INTO THE ARCTIC, an art exhibition featuring the paintings and films of Canadian artist Cory Trépanier. Presented with the support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, it highlights the beauty, remoteness, and fragility of Canada’s changing North. INTO THE ARCTIC will be on display until April 30, 2020. The tour is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

Armed with perseverance and an unwavering dedication to his vision, he has created over 100 oil paintings and three documentary films during the course of his art-fuelled expeditions.


Fuelled by art and an unwavering vision, even in some of the wildest and most changing places on the planet, Trepanier awakens our awareness. “There’s a timely and critical message that must be heard . May this collection move you to conscientiously consider today’s decisions in the light of an uncertain tomorrow.”

We have no choice: we must protect Arctic ice, enable it to continue to act as an essential temperature regulator for the planet, avoid the catastrophic rise in sea levels that would result from the ice melt, and stop the disappearance of permafrost releasing irreversible quantities of greenhouse gases back into the atmosphere. It is a duty to ourselves and to all of humanity - to our children, of course, but also all those who are already suffering the dramatic effects of these developments.

S.A.S Prince Albert II de Monaco
This exhibit highlights the beauty, remoteness and fragility of a changing Canadian North. INTO THE ARCTIC will be on display until April 30, 2020.


Over the last decade, Cory travelled 60,000 km to capture the spectacular landscape of the Canadian Arctic through paint and film. Through perseverance and dedication to his vision, Cory has created over 100 oil paintings and three documentary films during the course of his Arctic expeditions. 

INTO THE ARCTIC premiered at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. in January 2017. The exhibition subsequently toured to six venues in the U.S. and three in Canada. After its European premiere in Monaco it is scheduled for display in Houston, Texas with additional venues to follow in North America.

During his explorations in the depths of Northern Canada, Cory Trépanier was far from thinking that he would receive, in 2018 and in front of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, an invitation to present the first public projection of the film he was in the process of turn, “Journey to the Heart of the Arctic: Awakening”.

Exploring and painting the Canadian Arctic has been challenging and awe-inspiring, bringing me face-to-face with some of the planet’s greatest natural wonders. After many years of solitary development, I am humbled to learn that others are being moved by my canvases. And that the exhibition is inspiring conversation about the North, the Inuit, the power of nature, and the importance of humanity’s role in protecting it.

Cory Trépanier

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About Cory Trépanier

Each artistic expedition is not without its own set of challenges, there was the knee-punishing trek on Ellesmere Island with a 120lb backpack; enduring hordes of mosquitoes while painting at the edge of one of the highest waterfalls in the world above the Arctic Circle; being surrounded by Arctic wolves; and being stranded on the Kluane ice fields when an unrelenting storm rolls in. Each voyage offers striking landscapes, and adrenaline… lots of it.


Through painting and film, Cory preserves one of the most fragile, and spectacular regions of our planet and shares the wonder of the North, and its people, with others far away. To learn more about Cory’s art and film, education curriculum and upcoming coffee table book, please visit

The journey of Prince Albert I, a pioneer of modern oceanography and scientific exploration of the Arctic, has parallels with that of the artist. The great-great-grandfather of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco has long embodied the passion for ocean exploration, all the way to the Arctic. H.S.H. Prince Albert II himself travelled to the Arctic, and even visited a community in Eastern Arctic Canada where C. Trépanier painted.
He is to date the only head of state to have visited both poles.


This exhibition passionately explores a changing landscape that many will never witness with their own eyes. It offers the public the opportunity to experience the wonders of the Arctic, and understand the gravity of what we risk to lose.

The tour is presented in part by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society/Canadian Geographic; one of Canada’s oldest and largest educational, non-profit organizations, dedicated to promoting and enhancing public awareness for Canadian geography and heritage. It is also presented in part by HATCH, a professional services, engineering, and technology consultancy serving the mining, energy, digital, investments, and infrastructure sectors for more than 65 years.

The tour is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

To find out more information about the exhibition, opening hours and directions to the museum, please visit