The National Gallery of Canada is just putting its finishing touches on a brand-new website, and when it launches at the end of this month, NGC Magazine will have a new online home. Accessing Magazine content through gallery.ca will make it easier to find what you’re looking for via a single search engine. Subscribers will still receive the monthly NGC Magazine newsletter, and readers will continue to enjoy the same quality content they can’t get anywhere else.
To commemorate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada will be launching a website in partnership with Library and Archives Canada. The site will feature photographic and textual material from the fascinating archives of the National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division.
In preparation for the launch of the new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries in June 2017, the role of the NGC’s Restoration and Conservation Laboratory has been to focus conservation treatments on select works of art by Canadian artists in the NGC national collection. Some paintings have had no major treatment for nearly a century — as is the case with Robert Harris’ painting, A Meeting of the School Trustees (1885).
Katerina Atanassova is speaking animatedly in her office overlooking the Ottawa River, surrounded by books on the history of Canadian art, and tracing lines on a floor plan. “One of the main reasons for initiating this project is to unite the collections — to integrate Indigenous art, Photographs and the Canadian collection.” She’s discussing the National Gallery of Canada’s ambitious transformation of the former Canadian Galleries in time for the country’s sesquicentennial celebrations this summer.
Bouquet of Flowers in a Faience Vase (c. 1625) by Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601–1678) has long been part of the national collection, and is well known to those familiar with the European galleries. Visitors will now also be able to enjoy Still Life of Flowers in a Stoneware Vase (c. 1610) by his father, Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568–1625), on loan to the Gallery.
Evoking comparisons with the work of artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and other masters of light, Sunshine in the Drawing Room (1910) by Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864–1916) is a major new addition to the National Gallery of Canada collection. On view in the Modern European Galleries, this masterwork is the first Hammershøi in the national collection, and only the second in a Canadian public collection.
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