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Everyone knows there’s nothing more elegant than a cat. For #InternationalCatDay, today's content will feature exclusively furry felines from the national collection. Sorry dog lovers! _____________________ Wiktorja J. Gorynska, Cat on Branch, 1927, wood engraving on laid japan paper, 26.8 x 41.1 cm; image: 17 x 27.7 cm irregular, Gift of the artist, 1932, from the "Exhibition of Contemporary Polish Prints" Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Two Cats, 1725, oil on canvas, 74.8 x 92.6 cm. Photopress, Portrait of Pioneer Alexander Stewart Gray with His Wife and Cats, Wallasea Island, Essex, 27 September 1932 #MuseumCats #fatcats #blackcat #catsofinstagram #myottawa #nationalgalleryofcanada #kittenoninstagram #🐱

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Painting outdoors on a summer day, what a life, right? This was part of Tom Thomson’s artistic process, as he travelled and captured the Canadian scenery on small wooden panels and with a portable easel. Happy Birthday Tom Thomson and happy provincial holiday to all. Enjoy the summer! 😎 __________________________ Tom Thomson, Sunset Sky, 1915, oil on grey wood-pulp board, 21.6 x 26.7 cm #ArtInCanada #TomThomson #GroupOfSeven #SummerTime #Summerday #DayOff #CanadianArt #Sunsetsky #🏖️🏖️🏖️

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The first thing that caught my attention was the way in which Gauguin placed the different elements in his work. The profile of his friend Laval emerges discreetly from the right, as if Gauguin wasn’t sure that he wanted to include him at all. Our attention is also drawn to the multicoloured fruits. Laval’s presence gives the work ambiguity, making it difficult to categorize as either a portrait or a still life. Still life? Portrait? What do you think? - your NGC social media officer. #GauguinPortraits _____________ Paul Gauguin, Still Life with Profile of Laval, 1886, oil on canvas, 46 × 38 cm. Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Samuel Josefowitz Collection of the School of Pont-Aven, through the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc., the Josefowitz Family, Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cornelius, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Betley, Lori and Dan Efroymson, and other Friends of the Museum, 1998.167, DiscoverNewfields.org

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Diagnosed HIV positive 30 years ago, Toronto visual artist Stephen Andrews’ work frequently draws upon the global effects of AIDS. Whether he is working with drawing, painting, ceramics, choreography, and other media, Andrews says the hand-made aspect of his work is always prominent “to represent both the message and the means by which it is delivered.” As part of the #GGArts exhibition, Facsimile, Part 1 is on view in room B109 until August 5, 2019. _________________________ Stephen Andrews, Facsimile, Part 1, 1991. Graphite, beeswax, oil, Rhoplex on board, paper piano roll, wooden shelf, 166 x 474 x 23.5 cm overall (including shelf); panels: 40.3 x 20.5 x 2.7 cm each. National Gallery of Canada. Purchased 1993 (no. 37020.1-50) © Stephen Andrews Photo: NGC

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Travel back to the 1963 total eclipse in the latest #PhotostoriesFriday. Check our story archive to see more photostories from the last Fridays of the month and click the link in today’s story to visit the Canadian Photography Institute’s online exhibition of @onf_nfb photostories.

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Need a rest? The Stockholm II stools, a museum classic, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Usually located in the Great Hall, our staff will be happy to help you find them. . . . #ArtInCanada #NationalGalleryofCanada #Ottawa #Canada #myottawa #accessibility #igersottawa #architecture #museums #NationalGallery

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William Blair Bruce is often described as the first Canadian Impressionist. He moved to Giverny in 1887, where Monet lived. Over there, he painted alongside six American artists. Little evidence survived of Bruce’s links with Monet, other than a short note from Alice Hoschedé, Monet’s companion and future wife. However, Bruce created some striking paintings during his stay in Giverny, like Landscape with Poppies; a scene as colourful as it is captivating. Canada and Impressionism: New Horizons opens at the @kunsthallemuc today and will be shown at the National Gallery of Canada from fall 2020. #CanImpress ___________________________ William Blair Bruce, Landscape with Poppies, 1887. Oil on canvas, 27.3 x 33.8 cm. Purchased with assistance from Wintario, 1977. Art Gallery of Ontario. #Impressionism #ImpressionistsNGC #poppies #ottawa #myottawa #nationalgallery #nationalgalleryofcanada #summertime #poppy #canada #painting #ClaudeMonet #Monet #KunsthalleMuc #KanadaMuc

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Susan Edgerley's sculpture Shimmer gives the illusion of being light and volatile. However, it's made with flame-worked glass and metal pins. “Glass for me is a poetic material,” she says. “When I work with glass, I feel like I am writing a story.” Earlier this year, Edgerley received the Saidye Bronfman Award; the highest distinction in Canadian fine craft artistry. As part of the GGarts exhibition, Shimmer is on view in room B101 until August 5, 2019. ________________________ Susan Edgerley, Shimmer, 2008. Flame-worked glass and metal pins, 192 cm (diametre) x 13 cm (depth). Collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Purchased with a contribution from the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec (2009.252) © Susan Edgerley Photo : NGC

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In his self-portraits, Paul Gauguin explored the different ways to represent himself symbolically, casting himself as an outsider, the figure of Christ or an artist-martyr, misunderstood, sacrificing and suffering for his art. This approach to self-portraiture comes as a provocation and sincere belief in the importance of his artistic mission. . . . Paul Gauguin, Self-portrait with Yellow Christ, 1890–91, oil on canvas, 38 × 46 cm. Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Acquired by the Musée nationaux with the participation of Philippe Meyer and a Japanese patron, coordinated by the newspaper Nikkei, 1994 (RF1994-2). Photo: René-Gabriel Ojeda. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

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A good portrait raises as many questions as it answers, doesn't it? Today @viarailcanada passengers got a surprise from the Gallery. @deserres drawing kits were distributed as well as 4 Gauguin: Portraits getaway including tickets to the exhibition, a $500 travel voucher from VIA Rail, and more! Want to win a getaway as well? Enter the contest, link in our bio.

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Happy Canada Day everyone! Today we celebrate our cultural treasures, from coast to coast to coast. The Gallery has many wonderful masterpieces, but also some hidden gems. Today we will feature 3 lesser-known works by key artists of the national collection. . 1.You might know his Tangled Garden, but J.E.H MacDonald also painted this impressionist scene titled Asters and Apples in 1917. This work will soon be on view at @kunsthallemuc . 2. Emily Carr narrates her trip to Alaska with her sister in the summer of 1907 in her diary. She includes watercolours depicting the characters and scenery they encountered along the way. Believed to have been lost for more than 60 years, the diary was discovered in 2011. . 3. Last but not least, Kenojuak Ashevak's Summer Sky, printed in 1981, is a lyrical composition where landscape, sky and birds meet. . . J.E.H. MacDonald, Asters and Apples, 1917, oil on beaverboard, 53.4 x 66.1 cm; Emily Carr, excerpt from Sister and I in Alaska, 1907; Kenojuak Ashevak, Summer Sky, 1981, etching and aquatint in 6 colours on wove paper, 38.1 x 45.9 cm; plate: 19.8 x 24.9 cm

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Why is there a kitten on a keyboard? Check today’s #PhotostoriesFriday Instagram Story to find out, and learn about Halifax folklorist Helen Creighton. Watch for more photostories the last Friday every month or go to our Instagram Stories archive (on our profile) to see previous ones. Find the online exhibition at photostories.ca.

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The portraits Paul Gauguin made of himself and of others testify to his knowledge of the traditions of portraiture. In his self-portraits, he imaginatively explored different ways to represent himself, with numerous references to earlier or non-western art. . Paul Gauguin, Self-Portrait with Idol, c. 1893, oil on canvas, 43.8 × 32.7 cm, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas. Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay (1950.46)

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Happy Saint Jean-Baptiste Day! The Coureur des bois, is a painting by Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté. The painting shows a hunter, stalking the dense, sun-scattered brush for prey, ready to strike. Born in Arthabaska, Quebec, Suzor-Coté's boundless capacity to see the world through fresh eyes made him one of the most popular Canadian artists of the early 20th century. This impressionist painter is mostly known for winter landscapes, poignant scenes of everyday life, sensual nudes, and historical canvases. . Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, The Coureur de Bois, 1907, oil on canvas, 97.5 x 131.2 cm, (28179).

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Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day. Coming together for summer solstice, the longest day of the year, Indigenous Peoples celebrate their heritage and culture. Anishinabe artist Simon Brascoupé believes that “Art is the means by which ancestors pass on the knowledge and wisdom that is absorbed and adapted by today’s generation.” Through his art, such as his birch bark biting titled Women and Children Dancing Around the Sun, he wants to connect the viewer to the sacredness of the land. Currently on display in room A107 of the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. . . Simon Brascoupé, Women and Children Dancing Around the Sun, 2016, birch bark. Collection of the artist © Simon Brascoupé.

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Beneath the layers of sometimes luxurious, frequently ribald and often downright bizarre costumes, fancy dress balls, costumed events and skating parties were serious business in Victorian-era Canada. These events represented the great social gatherings of the country's rich and famous and attendees had the opportunity to commemorate their presence through portrait photographs. The photographic display The Fancy Ball is currently on view in the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries from the holdings of @libraryarchives . . . #ArchivesOfInstagram #ArtInCanada #nationalgalleryofcanada #photography #fancy #victorianera #victorian #costumes #B&Wphoto #vintagephotos #dressup #LibraryArchivesCanada #LibraryAndArchivesCanada #CanadianHeritage #CanadianArchives #MyOttawa

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Happy Father's day! This painting likely depicts the artist himself with his young family. James Hayllar was a popular Victorian artist who exhibited at the Royal Academy for over forty years. He raised nine children, and four of his daughters, Edith, Jessica, Mary and Kate became talented artists and exhibited alongside him. . James Hayllar, A Family Group, 1864, oil on canvas, 91.7 x 70.7 cm (14631) . #Fathersday #Britishartist #ArtInCanada #NationalGalleryofCanada #Ottawa #Canada #England #igersottawa #explorecanada #myottawa #NationalGallery #myottawa #England #English #oilpainting #victorianera #victorian #painting

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Dave Heath was a master of darkroom technique, carefully dodging, burning and bleaching his prints to create the deep, luminous images for which he is known. Some of his most evocative early images are of his fellow soldiers, like this one Carl Dean Kipper, Korea (1953–54). Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath is on view in the Canadian Photography Institute Galleries until September 2, 2019 (on the 2nd floor), and is included in free admission on Thursdays from 5 – 8 pm. Pour le français @mbacanada

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Count Harry Kessler (1868–1937) was a key figure in the cultural life of Weimar, Germany. He had direct access to Friedrich Nietzsche, since he was involved as a member of the editorial board of Pan, a leading avant-garde arts and literary magazine. By 1895, Kessler was actively involved in the establishment of the Nietzsche Archive and in the dissemination of the philosopher’s ideas. It is during a three-year stay in Germany that Edvard Munch gained a small but influential clientele of patrons, including Count Karry Kessler. Masterpiece in Focus: Friedrich Nietzsche and the Artists of the New Weimar is on view until August 25, 2019. Edvard Munch, Portrait of Count Harry Kessler, 1906, oil on canvas, 122.5 × 77.5 cm, Munch Museum, Oslo RES.A.219)

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A new online exhibition of more than 800 @onf_nfb photostories from 1955 to 1971 was recently launched by the Canadian Photography Institute. Watch your Instagram Stories the last Friday of the month for more #PhotostoriesFriday. Can you guess what today’s story is about? Pour le français @mbacanada

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In Arles, Gauguin and Van Gogh worked side-by-side and talked passionately about art, especially about the beauty and power of colour. They both painted Van Gogh's friend Augustine Roulin, wife of a local postman, to very different effect. Here, Madame Roulin sit in front of Gauguin's blue trees, pensively. Gauguin chose to apply thin coats of paint, recalling his admiration for Paul Cézanne's technique. . . Paul Gauguin Portrait of Madame Roulin, 1888 oil on canvas, 50.5 × 63.5 cm Saint Louis Art Museum. Funds given by Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg (5:1959) . Français @mbacanada

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The Sunken Garden is ready for its close-up. Landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander envisioned a garden inspired by the 1970s minimalist paintings of the National Collection. When they are seen from above, the cluster of 12 Crabapples trees evoke of a canvas of vivid colours. . . . #architecture #garden #CorneliaHahnOberlander #landscapedesign #springtime #NationalGallery #ArtInCanada #NationalGalleryofCanada #Ottawa #Canada #myottawa #spring #crabapple #blossoms #igersottawa

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This portrait depicts Gauguin’s friend and pupil, the Dutch painter Jacob Meijer de Haan, in the pose of a thinker. Gauguin met de Haan in Paris through art dealer Theo van Gogh, Vincent’s brother. De Haan accompanied Gauguin to Le Pouldu on the coast of Brittany, where the artists worked together on a decorative scheme for a dining room at a local inn, producing a handful of portraits in different mediums along the way. See the world’s first-ever exhibition devoted to Paul Gauguin’s portraiture on May 24, 2019.

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In honour of International Museum Day, the Gallery will offer free admission to the National Collection this Sunday, May 19. See you then!

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Happy Mother's day! . “My mother,” Bourgeois has said, “was deliberate, clever, patient, soothing, reasonable, dainty, subtle, indispensable, neat, and as useful as a spider.” Louise Bourgeois' oeuvre explores subjects of the human condition and the female/male roles. Despite her work being rooted in the fears and resentments she has carried with her since childhood, she describes Maman, the monumental spider that stands in front of the Gallery as an “Ode to my Mother,” a protective force within family life. #mothersday

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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#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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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What’s your favourite part of the #NGCTree Lighting? Is it the countdown, the @viarailcanada mini 🚂? Hot chocolate and cookies or making art? Performances by Stellae Borealis and Odyssey Showcase? Tag your photos to let us know! Français @mbacanada

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For some of our visitors, a snowy day is a perfect day to take in views from the Scotiabank Great Hall in the National Gallery of Canada. Join us this weekend for Artissimo or take in our many exhibitions to enjoy the view for yourself! Photo: @mypocpoc En français: @mbacanada

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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

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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

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@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 members@gallery.ca. Français @mbacanada

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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