National Gallery of Canada
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Discover the true nature of Van Gogh this summer at the National Gallery of Canada, the only Canadian venue for this unique exhibition.
From May 25 to September 3, 2012, the National Gallery of Canada will present Van Gogh: Up Close, the first major exhibition of the famous Dutch artist’s works in over 25 years! For more details about the exhibit, and to purchase tickets, visit: www.gallery.ca/vangogh.
The National Gallery of Canada is located in one of the most spectacular sites in Ottawa - along Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market, overlooking the Ottawa River and the Canadian Parliament Buildings. Its award-winning architecture, featuring the luminous Great Hall, spacious galleries, and interior gardens and courtyards, is itself worth the visit.
Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, and opened in 1988 at its current location on Sussex Drive, the National Gallery is the home of Canada’s most extensive collection of Canadian art. From the religious themes of the past to the avant-garde of today, the Gallery offers a journey of exploration through the collective imagination of Canadian artists.
Over 1,200 works from the permanent collection are on view. Special exhibitions highlight the work of Canadian and international artists.
Follow a tour, explore the Gallery as a family, make art at the Artissimo kiosk, or stay for lunch and enjoy the spectacular views both inside and out! The Gallery makes art accessible, meaningful, and vital to diverse audiences of all ages. In one stop, you and your family will learn and have fun doing it, all while experiencing the best in Canadian and worldwide visual arts.
1 May to 30 September: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm; 8 pm on Thursday
1 October to 30 April: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; 8 pm on Thursday. Closed Monday.
Open Ontario Family Day, Spring Break in Ontario and Québec, Thanksgiving Day, and Remembrance Day from 12-5pm.
Closed 25 December, 1st January and Good Friday.
Permanent collection: Adults $9, Seniors and students (with ID) $7, Youths (12-19 years) $4, Family (2 adults, 3 youths) $18. Free for children under 12 and Friends of the National Gallery of Canada. Free for everyone on Thursdays after 5 pm.
Special exhibitions* (excluding Van Gogh): Adults $15, Seniors and students (with ID) $12, Youths (12-19 years) $7, Family (2 adults, 3 youths) $30. Free for children under 12 and Friends of the National Gallery of Canada.
* Includes admission to the NGC Collection
A fine bookstore, an extensive library, a choice of restaurants and paid parking. Wheelchair accessible.
Call (613) 990-4888 three weeks in advance for reservations.
Canada's Art in the Capital
As a national museum, the National Gallery of Canada cooperates with a vast network of art museums in all regions of this country and abroad. It fosters the interplay of artist, public, critic, educator, and curator in Canada and the world.
The National Gallery of Canada exemplifies the place of art in the life of Canadians, and the place of Canadians in the world of art.
Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Alfred Pellan, Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Frances Loring, Michael Snow, Guido Molinari, Ozias Leduc, Jack Shadbolt, L.L. FitzGerald, Jean-Paul Lemieux: these are but a few of the many artists represented in the large rooms devoted to Canadian art. The arrangement respects both chronology and regional characteristics which reflect the many facets of the Canadian creative spirit.
The collection of contemporary Inuit art attests to the vitality of the fine arts in the Arctic and in particular to the imagination and talent of its artists, as expressed in stone, bone, drawings, prints and textiles. The works in this collection are on display in the Inuit Galleries.
In the European and American Galleries you will find masterpieces of painting and sculpture from the Middle Ages to the present.
The works in the Contemporary Art Galleries prompt surprise, humour and reflection. The emphasis of the collection is on Canadian art and includes films, sound recordings, videos, multi-media installations and works on paper, produced from the early 1960s to the present
Intimate spaces complement the Gallery's collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs made by international artists.
Winter, Summer and Fall exhibitions are presented in the Special Exhibition Galleries. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, and with museums around the world, these exhibitions highlight the work of Canadian and international artists.
Excellent education and performing arts programs stimulate the appreciation and enjoyment of art. Visitors of all ages can participate in studio activities, workshops, lectures, films, "Meet the Artist" and "Meet the Curator" talks, gallery tours, and concerts.
Did You Know?
- The Great Hall's soaring glass ceiling and walls echo the contours of the Library of Parliament, just to the southwest.
- At the heart of the Canadian Galleries lies a unique treasure, the reconstructed 19th century Rideau Street Chapel. The girls’ school convent was demolished in 1972, but a group of citizens saved the chapel. More than one thousand pieces were put in storage and painstakingly restored and reassembled in time for the opening of the National Gallery's permanent home in May 1988.
- Electronically-controlled blinds and diffusing lenses protect the art from too much sunlight. The lower galleries are partly lit by daylight through an ingenious system of skylights and mirrored light shafts.
- Many of the paintings in the Gallery's collection of Canadian art have been reproduced on Canadian postage stamps.
- Voice of Fire, the controversial 18-foot painting by Barnett Newman which dominates the gallery dedicated to American Expressionism, was first exhibited at Expo '67 in Montreal
Location(s) of Business
380 Sussex Dr.,Ottawa,Ontario,K1N 9N4artgallery-052009
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