Fireworks, balls, hunting parties, concerts and theatre. In an exhibition now on view at the Château de Versailles, just outside of Paris, the pleasures of the courts of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI are explored through a series of objects, paintings, works on paper, evocative environments and audiovisual elements. One of the works in Festivities and Entertainment at Court is on loan from the National Gallery of Canada.
Brian Jungen’s Shapeshifter (2000) and Vienna (2003) are currently on view together at the NGC. Although both works are part of the national collection, such is their size — at 6.6 metres (21 feet) and 8.5 metres (28 feet) respectively — that they are not often displayed side by side.
As a multifaceted art institution, the National Gallery of Canada is often more interested in the artist who painted a portrait than its subject. This painting, however, is an exception to the rule. In this case, General Foy found his perfect match in Horace Vernet, and the artist was encouraged to create a powerful work, thanks to the General’s fame.
Now on view at Tate Britain in London, Paul Nash is the most comprehensive exhibition of Nash’s work in a generation. In addition to featuring two paintings from the National Gallery of Canada collection, the show includes more than 270 paintings, drawings, photographs, illustrations, assemblages and more, exploring the legacy of one of the 20th century’s most distinctive war artists and Surrealists.
This fall and winter, the beloved National Gallery of Canada (NGC) painting by Canadian artist Charlotte Schreiber, The Croppy Boy (The Confession of an Irish Patriot), has the honour of being included in an exhibition illustrating Irish history at the National Gallery of Ireland.
For Concept 70, their first group exhibition in Toronto in 1970, artists Ronald Gabe, Slobodan Saia-Levy, and Michael Tims submitted a project they called General Idea. Due, perhaps, to some form of miscommunication, the gallery listed the artists, not their work, as General Idea, and the eponymous collective was born. Four decades later, the thought-provoking trio has become larger than life.
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