Isuma’s presentation in Venice is the first visual arts exhibition in the Canada Pavilion since major restoration was unveiled last year. The artist collective led by #ZachariasKunuk and #NormanCohn, presents a three-part project consisting of: One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, a video installation of Isuma’s latest dramatic film; Isuma Online, a collection films available on iTunes and Isuma.tv with an online exhibition catalogue and Silakut Live from the Floe Edge, a series of live webcasts from the land around Baffin Island.
Isuma, the artist collective from Igloolik, Nunavut represents Canada at the 58th Venice Biennale. Isuma's artwork One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk is being shown at the Canada Pavilion this year. This video installation recreates an encounter on Baffin Island in April 1961 when one Inuit family was ordered to move off the land.
“He was a camp leader, a renowned hunter, and obviously, a great sculptor,” says John Houston of the Inuk sculptor, Charlie Sivuarapik, whose camp really needed a big boat for travelling, hunting larger marine mammals, and quarrying carving stone. The purchase of a boat “can be considered an early milestone on the road to cooperatives for Nunavummiut, […] as well as a significant step towards Inuit regaining their self-determination.” Join Manasiah Akpaliapik and John Houston, Thursday, May 9 at 6 pm, for a tour of Inuit prints and sculptures in the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Free admission.
#MuseumWeek is an online event celebrating museums, associations and cultural institutions. For 7 days, we will explore 7 themes with 7 hashtags. This year, the role of women in culture is the focal point with #WomenInCulture Day. Follow us and tag us on Twitter @NatGalleryCan to be part of the conversation.
New hours, new admission fees as of May 1st: the National Gallery of Canada will be open 10 am to 6 pm daily and until 8 pm on Thursdays. Our new schedule gives you more time to enjoy special exhibitions, the national collection and fun, family activities. En français @mbacanada
On Thursday, May 9th, join Manasiah Akpaliapik and John Houston for a tour of Inuit prints and sculptures in the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Drawing upon their shared experiences in the North, they will discuss key works produced by artists to whom they have connections, as well as family legacies in Inuit creative production. Thursday, May 9, 2019 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Free admission. In English with bilingual question period.
Marlene Creates is one of this year’s #GGArts laureates. She says her work turned a corner when she decided to step away from the studio and work outdoors. “Suddenly,” she says, “the whole world became my studio.” She lives and works on six acres of Boreal forest creating art that explores the intertwining relationships between people, the human experience, memory, language and the land. The GGarts Exhibition opens tonight and runs until August 5, 2019. A retrospective exhibition of her work is coming to @cuartgallery on May 21, 2019. Français @MBACanada
Canada and Impressionism: New Horizons, organized by the National Gallery of Canada and presented in collaboration with @kunsthallemuc, @hermitage_lausanne and @musee_fabre, opens in Munich this July and travels to Ottawa in fall 2020. “This is a missing chapter in the history of World Impressionism that needed to be explored and explained to audiences abroad and at home,” said Katerina Atanassova,Senior Curator, Canadian Art. The first of its kind, this exhibition will introduce major Canadian artists and feature seminal works by leading female artists – including Emily Carr, Mary Bell Eastlake,Prudence Heward, Helen McNicoll and Sophie Pemberton, to name a few.
Tricksters beware! What goes around comes around in the story of Simon Vouet's The Fortune Teller. This painting from around 1620 depicts a fortune teller, assumed to cheat her clients, finding herself being robbed. Currently undergoing a restoration treatment in our laboratory, here are pictures of the work without its protective varnish, revealing the traces of time. En français @mbacanada
It was Ali Kazimi's gift of five plastic Indigenous figures that inspired Jeff Thomas' long-term project Indians on Tour back in 2000. Based in Ottawa, Thomas says he “always felt photography can be used to heal the Indigenous experience because we come from a colonial history of erasure.” The #GGArts exhibition opens tonight and runs until August 5, 2019. En français @mbacanada
“I was saddened to hear of Joe Fafard’s passing – he is an important figure in Canadian art, and I was privileged to have the chance to work with him on several occasions, most recently when he came to Ottawa to oversee the reinstallation of his impressive and beloved work Running Horses in front of the National Gallery. Fafard’s unique vision is rooted in his personal history and commitment to working in Saskatchewan, and this is reflected in the sculptures he created. His portraits of people and animals are imbued with a real sense of personality. By revisiting familiar subjects – like horses – he continued experimenting with materials and searching for new meaning. He will be greatly missed.” —Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada Français @mbacanada
Meet artist Kosisochukwu Nnebe and try making self-portraits on acetate surfaces, February 21, from 6 to 8 pm, during #BlackHistoryMonth. At this special Creative Thursday, staff from event sponsor @DeSerres will also be offering coupons, product demos and an opportunity to win a $50 gift card. En français @mbacanada
Welcome Alexandra “Sasha” Suda! “It is a great privilege to lead the National Gallery of Canada. A thrilling adventure awaits us – one that builds on a rich tradition, a world-class collection, and the dedication of the institution’s incredible staff. Human creativity is mankind’s most powerful and sustainable resource – without it we do not stand a chance negotiating the present, let alone creating a future that we cannot see. Artists are the greatest reminder that the human imagination is limitless; art museums ensure that their ideas and perspectives are cared for and amplified for years to come.” She will officially start as the new Director and CEO April 18, 2019. En français @mbacanada
“I’m leaving the Gallery, but the Gallery isn’t leaving me.” National Gallery of Canada staff and volunteers say goodbye to Director Marc Mayer with a #MuseumSelfie on #MuseumSelfieDay2019 (Ok technically it’s a #MuseumPano so that we could include as many people as possible!) En français @mbacanada
Currently closed for annual maintenance, the National Gallery of Canada reopens January 12, 2019, with the Ottawa edition of the #anthropoceneproject exhibition back on view until February 24, 2019. En français @mbacanada
Last chance to admire the #NGCTree, on view until January 6, 2019. And last Thursday before we close for a week, January 7–11, 2019. Special exhibitions are currently included in General Admission, which means you can visit Paul Klee, Anthropocene, the Sobey Art Award Exhibition, Halifax Harbour 1918, Althea Thauberger, and Oscar G. Rejlander for free after 5 pm. En français @mbacanada
New Year, new acquisition: James Tissot’s The Partie Carrée (1870) ranks among the most refined and ambitious works from his first Paris period. Come find it on view in the European and American Galleries of the National Gallery of Canada. Cheers! #HappyNewYear2019 En français @mbacanada
Leave the hustle behind and find some peace of mind this holiday season. Catch up with friends and family or enjoy quiet time on your own at the National Gallery of Canada. Holiday Hours: • Open every day December 26 to 31, 2018 and January 2, 2019 • Closed December 24–25, 2018 and January 1, 2019. #HappyHolidays Français @mbacanada
Emily Carr was born 147 years ago, today. An accomplished artist and author, she wrote in her autobiography Growing Pains (1946): "Indian Art broadened my seeing, loosened the formal tightness I had learned in England's schools. Its bigness and stark reality baffled my white man's understanding ... I had been schooled to see outsides only, not struggle to pierce." Français @mbacanada
Feed your mind and your body at the National Gallery. On all Creative Thursday nights, @7tapas_bar offers a charcuterie and cheese board plus two beverages of your choice for just $35. Stop by for art-making inspired by Paul Klee Nov. 22, 2018. En français @mbacanada
Kapwani Kiwanga is the 2018 #SobeyArtAward winner! Using archival materials, and other sources, she reveals global effects of the colonial project and addresses hidden authoritarian structures, institutional devices, and power imbalances to help us see the world differently. #sobeyartaward #sobeyartaward2018 #kapwanikiwanga #sobeyaward #sobeyaward2018 #saa2018 #canada #contemporaryart #contemporaryartaward
@art_toronto, the international fair for modern and contemporary art, returns this fall in its 19th season. As always, the fair presents exceptional artwork and programming from a diverse roster of galleries, cultural institutions, and arts publications. National Gallery of Canada Members benefit from a 20 % discount on adult admission. Contact the Membership office at 613-990-1298 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Français @mbacanada
Dive in and immerse yourself in areas undergoing rapid change, thanks to augmented reality installations and films. Download the AVARA mobile app from the Google Play or Apple App Store before your visit or use one of the available devices in the Anthropocene exhibition. Follow the #AnthropoceneProject and join the conversation using the hashtag. Français @mbacanada
Keep an eye out. Anthropocene is an experience unlike any we have ever exhibited before at the National Gallery of Canada. Using a mobile device, you’ll be able to activate augmented reality installations. Download the AVARA mobile app in advance from the Google Play or Apple App Store or use one of the available devices in the exhibition. Français @mbacanada
Almost all of the 31 framed photographs, three high resolution murals, three augmented reality installations and 12 films that make up the upcoming Anthropocene exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada are installed. Join us for the free opening reception September 26, 2018. Part of the #AnthropoceneProject Pour le français @mbacanada
Towards the end of his career, Claude Monet focused largely on painting series of works of a single subject, under different weather conditions. Between 1899 and 1901, he made several trips to London, where he stayed at the Savoy Hotel in a room overlooking the Thames. From this spot, he painted some forty pictures of Waterloo Bridge, including the National Gallery of Canada’s Waterloo Bridge: the Sun in a Fog (1903), to capture the complexity of light. Light and its effects are in fact the main subject. Image: Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, Overcast, 1903, oil on canvas, @ordrupgaard, Copenhagen (no. 198 WH) Pour le français @mbacanada
Stop by 7 Tapas Bar in the Scotiabank Great Hall for the stunning view, a glass of wine, and a selection of charcuterie and cheese... pairs perfectly with a visit to Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection! Photo: @ShawnaActually Pour le français @mbacanada
Before it’s too late, see the innovative work of Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli, the three winners of the inaugural New Generation Photography Award. Find their work in the Canadian Photography Institue’s PhotoLab, on the second floor, until August 19, 2018. Installation view, New Generation Photography Award, April 13 to August 19, 2018, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: NGC Meryl McMaster, Edge of a Moment (detail), 2017 Elisa Julia Gilmour, Over their Own (detail), 2014 Deanna Pizzitelli, Portait, Nicaragua (detail), 2017 Pour le français @mbacanada
Step or sit behind a large printed scrim and do your best Pissarro impression! In the Impressionist Treasures interactive room, you can be a part of Pissarro’s A Corner in the Garden, Éragny (The Painter’s Home), 1897. 📷 @lisazhang22 French @mbacanada
Welcome Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow, the first ever Associate Curator of Historical Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada, in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day. She is Anishinaabe and Kanien'kehá:ka and a member of Whitefish River First Nation. As a PhD candidate at Carleton University’s Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, her research examines historical Indigenous art from her traditional territories in the Great Lakes region. She has worked as an independent curator, held a Fellowship at the Peabody Essex Museum, and has studied historical museum collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Français @mbacanada
Find out how portraiture was used by celebrated Venetian artists to elevate their status, and that of their patrons, during the Renaissance and Late Baroque periods with Sonia Del Re, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings. Tour starts at 6 pm in room C218. Pour le français, @mbacanada
Take an art break in downtown Ottawa. Experience the Impressionist Treasures pop-up display at Constitution Square, Lobby 2 of Constitution Square, located at 350 Albert St. Pour le français, @mbacanada
The Group of Seven held their first exhibition 98 years ago, but they weren’t always well-received. In a 1921 exhibition review, critic M.O. Hammond wrote that this painting of the Batchawana River, Gleams on the Hills (1921) by J.E.H. MacDonald, “fails to appeal because of formlessness and a sacrifice of atmosphere to eccentricity.” Pour le français, @mbacanada
Deanna Pizzitelli (left), Meryl McMaster (centre), and Elisa Julia Gilmour (right) are the winners of the inaugural New Generation Photography Award, created by the Canadian Photography Institute in partnership with @scotiabank. Hear them discuss their work in the Lecture Hall, May 5, 2018 at 1 pm. Pour le français, @mbacanada
Once viewed as a documentary medium rather than fine art, photography comes into its own in this dazzling new exhibition of its evolution over nearly 180 years. The Extended Moment: Fifty Years of Collecting Photographs opens tonight from 5:30 to 8 pm. Pour le français, @mbacanada
Trained as an embroiderer in Paris, Marie Lemaire des Anges came to New France in 1671 to join the Ursuline convent of Quebec. Perhaps the first European artist, worthy of the name, to practice #artinCanada, her presence results in the professionalization of the convent’s needlework. Day 1 of #MuseumWeek is about #womenMW. Follow @museumweek to discover museums around the world. Pour le français, @mbacanada
For more details regarding the artwork we plan to acquire with the proceeds from the sale of The Eiffel Tower by Marc Chagall, please read the message from Marc Mayer, Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada, by clicking the link on our profile page. Thank you. Pour le français, @mbacanada