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  • Sharing Canada with Canadians: New Website to Feature Photostories created by the National Film Board of Canada

    Sharing Canada with Canadians: New Website to Feature Photostories created by the National Film Board of Canada

    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.

    By Leanne Gaudet
    Posted: April 11, 2017
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  • In the Spotlight: Conserving A Meeting of the School Trustees by Robert Harris

    In the Spotlight: Conserving A Meeting of the School Trustees by Robert Harris

    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).

    By Tasia Bulger, Assistant Conservator, Paintings, NGC
    Posted: April 04, 2017
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  • The Magnificent Art of this Land: The New Canadian and Indigenous Galleries

    The Magnificent Art of this Land: The New Canadian and Indigenous Galleries

    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.

    By Katherine Stauble, NGC Staff
    Posted: February 16, 2017
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  • In the Spotlight: Jan Brueghel, Father and Son

    In the Spotlight: Jan Brueghel, Father and Son

    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.

    By NGC Staff
    Posted: February 01, 2017
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  • In the Spotlight: Sunshine in the Drawing Room (Solskin i dagligstuen) by Vilhelm Hammershøi

    In the Spotlight: Sunshine in the Drawing Room (Solskin i dagligstuen) by Vilhelm Hammershøi

    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. 

    By NGC Staff
    Posted: January 25, 2017
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  • An Interview with Kitty Scott

    An Interview with Kitty Scott

    Kitty Scott is a curatorial advisor for the Biennale de Montréal 2016 Le Grand Balcon, on view until January at a number of locations throughout Montreal. In 2017, she will curate Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer’s work for the Canada pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In this interview, Scott talks about the evolving role of the curator in nurturing, presenting and collecting art for generations to come.


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