ANNUAL REPORT 2005-2006 - A year of “Renaissance” and partnerships for the National Gallery of Canada’s 125th anniversary
Ottawa - October 19, 2006
In 2005, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) turned 125, and the success of our Renaissance Ball and fundraising campaign will always be linked with this anniversary. In the context of our mandate to collect and disseminate art in Canada and throughout the world, we marked this great milestone in the Gallery’s history with a number of exhibitions, partnerships, acquisitions and loans.
“It is with great pride and the sense of a job well done that we present the 2005-2006 Annual Report of the National Gallery of Canada to the people of Canada,” commented Donald R. Sobey, Chair of the Gallery’s Board of Trustees. “This year, increased attendance and private sponsorships enabled the Gallery to meet its ticket revenue and donation targets. The synergy among the Board of Trustees, the NGC Foundation and the Volunteers’ Circle made possible several major projects, such as the Gallery’s acquisition of a work by the great Mannerist painter Francesco Salviati, entitled Mother and Child with an Angel. Under the excellent leadership of Pierre Théberge and his management team, I am confident that Canada’s flagship art museum will continue to makes its presence felt by the public here and elsewhere.”
To demonstrate its distinctive values, the Gallery collaborates each year with art museum networks in Canada and internationally. Productive partnerships established in 2005 led to the development and circulation of several outstanding exhibitions in 2006. An agreement with the Vancouver Art Gallery resulted in the creation of Emily Carr: New Perspectives, which was inaugurated in Ottawa in 2006 and will be seen in some five Canadian cities. Collaborations with the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, creators respectively of Clarence Gagnon: Dreaming the Landscape and Edwin Holgate, allowed us to host these two marvellous exhibitions.
As far as exhibitions are concerned, 2005-2006 will always be the year of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and the Renaissance in Florence, but it will also be remembered for the success of the Gallery’s first major solo exhibition of a First Nations artist, a tribute to Norval Morrisseau. At the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Sunil Gupta exhibition, which opened in the winter of 2005, explored the artist’s roots in India and confronted Eastern and Western cultural realities.
The Gallery fulfilled another of its mandates with several unique acquisitions, including the Francesco Salviati Mother and Child with an Angel (16th century), a rare example of Roman Mannerism, which was acquired in connection with the Renaissance in Florence exhibition through the support of the NGC Foundation, the Volunteers’ Circle and a contribution from the proceeds of the Renaissance Ball. Works like Morning Meeting (2003) by Sarah Anne Johnson and Qivuq Legend (1992) by Janet Kisgusiuq Uqayuittuq, or Vest (1972) by Betty Goodwin and Kettle on the Stove-top (1975) by Mary Pratt, have enriched the Gallery’s collection of contemporary Canadian art.
Constantly looking for ways to disseminate its collections and familiarize more people with them, the Gallery continues to develop CyberMuse, its educational Internet site, and digitize more elements of its collection. In March 2006, we added a teaching support site for the touring exhibition Lisette Model. By making its collections available to the public and acquiring Decoding Art—an educational program for students in grades 7 to 12, available online—the Gallery supports the Canadian education community in its search for lively and engaging teaching materials based on the new technologies.
Our travelling exhibitions program sent 24 exhibitions to 36 venues in Canada and abroad. With the same commitment to the dissemination of art, the Gallery loaned over 1,000 works from the NGC and CMCP collections during the year.
The annual report is available on the National Gallery of Canada’s Internet site at Annual Report
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