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.
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.
Multidisciplinary artist Jeremy Shaw, winner of the 2016 Sobey Art Award, is known for his edgy, highly intimate film and video depictions of altered states of being in fashion, dance, science, religion and various subcultures. Interviewed by NGC Magazine the day after his win, Shaw talks here about his fascination with out-of-body experiences.
Announced almost one year ago, the CPI brings together three outstanding collections of photographs. The cornerstone is the NGC Photographs Collection, which was started in 1967 and now numbers more than 40,000 images. It includes many treasures of photographic history, from salted paper prints made in Britain and France by pioneering photographers William Henry Fox Talbot, Hippolyte Bayard and Charles Nègre, to masterpieces of 20th-century American photography, and contemporary works by photographers such as Edward Burtynsky, Lynne Cohen and Jeff Wall.
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