Organization: National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada, founded in 1880, is one of the most interesting places to visit in Ottawa. Housed in the modern Lorne Building on Elgin Street, the greater part of the national collection is on permanent exhibition. The collection consists of several thousand paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and drawings, and is augmented each year by new acquisitions.
300 Years of Canadian Art
May 12 – September 17
The largest and most inclusive exhibition of Canadian art ever assembled, consisting of 378 works of painting, sculpture, graphic arts and decorative arts, spanning the period from the 17th century to the present, drawn from many collections including that of the National Gallery, in celebration of the centennial of the Confederation of the provinces of British North America. To be shown in Ottawa only, although a portion will be on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario at a later date.
Alex Colville (b. 1920). To Prince Edward Island. 1965 (detail)
Expo 67 Man and His World
April 28 – October 27
“Man and his World”, one of the most comprehensive and absorbing exhibitions of fine arts ever presented in North America, has been organized and assembled by the National Gallery of Canada for Expo 67.
In a gallery especially built for it, the exhibition comprises 190 pieces borrowed from leading museums, galleries and private collections in 20 different countries, including Canada. The works range in period from 2560 B.C. to modern times, and such artists as Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Picasso are represented; each work has been selected to make the collection a visual microcosm of “Man the Creator” throughout the ages.
Image: Piero di Cosimo (1462-1521). Vulcan and Aeolus. (detail)
June 1 – September 5
“Sculpture ’67” is an outdoor exhibition of contemporary Canadian sculpture, installed on the plaza of Toronto City Hall. Miss Dorothy Cameron of Toronto was commissioned by the National Gallery to travel through the country and to select the various works. Sixty- eight pieces executed by 54 sculptors show the exciting techniques and materials being used by sculptors in Canada in 1967.
Image: Hugh Leroy (b. 1940). Column
Pageant of Canada
October 27 – January 7
As a complement to “300 Years of Canadian Art,” nearly 300 art treasures concerned with the history of Canada until Confederation have been assembled from collections in Europe and North America. Portraits, landscapes, topographical prints and drawings, silver, ceramics, and even a few documents present to the public a visual history of Canada through European eyes. “Pageant of Canada” will be shown only at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
Image: Pierre Mignard (1612-1695). Louis XIV. 1674
Hours of Admission
Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sundays and Holidays: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 10 p.m.
Closed on Christmas Day.
Admission free at all times.
Main entrance on Elgin Street.
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