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Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

1970s

BRING BACK THE 1800S

The 19th-cetury neo-Gothic Rideau Chapel is painstakingly rescued, piece-by-piece, from destruction—for future reconstruction within the Gallery building. Also, more than 200 photographs by the great 19th-century French photographer Charles Négre—including The Vampire (c. 1853)—feature in the first-ever exhibition of his work organized outside Europe.

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1971

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COLLECTIONS

The War Collections, with a few exceptions, are transferred to the Canadian War Museum.

EXHIBITIONS

True Patriot Love, the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to a living female Canadian artist, is presented at the Gallery and will be memorable for a number of reasons. In her body of work, Joyce Wieland values a Canadian nationalist perspective filled with imagination and humour. Wieland transforms the exhibition catalogue, originally conceived by her, into an artist’s book with ecology as its central theme, a visionary concern in 1971.

1972

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BUILDING

The Rideau Chapel is saved from destruction and eventually reconstructed inside the National Gallery of Canada. This Canadian heritage treasure was once the Convent of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, a girl’s school administered by the Sisters of Charity. Its chapel was the only known North American 19th century ecclesiastical interior to feature a neo-Gothic fan vaulted ceiling supported by slim iron columns.

Uncover the origins of the Rideau Chapel with Cybermuse.

MAJOR CHANGES

The annual acquisition budget is raised to $1.5 million.

1976

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DIRECTORS

Joseph Martin (1922–2003)
An urban planner, translator, Radio-Canada journalist and former UNESCO official, the trilingual Quebec native Joseph Martin spent 16 years in senior positions at the Gallery, and held the directorship from 1983–1986. Martin is credited with the development of several major international exhibitions.

Hsio-Yen Shih (1933–2001)
Hsio-Yen Shih, who grew up in China, Canada, South Africa and Taiwan, served as director of the Gallery from 1977–1981. A doctor of Chinese art and former ROM curator, she significantly expanded the Gallery’s holdings in Asian art and artifacts.

BUILDING

The Parkin Partnership of Toronto wins the second competition for a new building.

EXHIBITIONS

James Borcoman, the Gallery’s curator of Photographs, organizes the exhibition Photography as Art: A Major Retrospective of Charles Nègre.

Chimney Sweeps Walking (c. 1851), The Little Rag-Picker (1851), and The Vampire (c. 1853) are among the 215 intriguing photographs of the first and largest exhibition to be organized outside Europe of the work of the great 19th-century French photographer, Charles Nègre (1820–1880).

The show is accompanied by a fully illustrated and extensively researched book-catalogue, by Borcoman, which goes on to win several major awards, including the highly coveted Leipzig Book Fair Bronze Medal for outstanding design.