Krieghoff: A Perfect Outing for the Holidays
Ottawa, Canada - December 4, 2000
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This holiday season, Cornelius Krieghoff is the National Gallery of Canada's perfect guide to the pleasures and hardships of a Canadian winter. Perhaps no other artist has so greatly influenced the way we see our country. Krieghoff: Images of Canada is an ambitious retrospective of more than 150 paintings and prints that we've come to know as icons of an idealized past. The exhibition is on view until 7 January 2001. Admission is free for children under 12. (Adults $12, seniors and full-time students $10. Free for Friends of the National Gallery of Canada.)
Cornelius Krieghoff (1815-1872) was an artist particularly attuned to his audience; this is perhaps the main reason his images of Canada fascinate us still. His many representations of daily existence in rural Quebec, the traditional lifestyles of the First Nations, and the magnificent landscapes of the St. Lawrence Valley are familiar images of bygone days that contain a wealth of information about Canada as it was during the second half of the 19th century. Krieghoff: Images of Canada is organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Ontario. For more information, call (613) 990-1985, or visit the web site at national.gallery.ca.
Media Photo-Op: Christmas Tree 12 Metres High
On Monday 4 December and Tuesday 5 December, the media are welcome to capture visuals of the installation of the National Gallery of Canada's Christmas tree. The tree, which is 12 metres high and comes to the Gallery from a tree farm in Sherbrooke, will be decorated with 9,500 sparkling lights. Centred in the Gallery's glass-covered Great Hall, the tree's a beautiful sight, both inside and out. Media inquiries: 990-6835.
Families Invited to Decorate Christmas Tree
On Sunday 10 December from 11 am to 4 pm, children 3 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to visit the National Gallery of Canada's huge Christmas tree in the Great Hall. Create your own special decoration and hang it on the sparkling spruce while you listen to an all-day program of choral concerts from local choirs. Admission is free. (Family Fundays are made possible thanks to the generous support of The Imperial Oil Charitable Foundation.)
In conjunction with the Krieghoff exhibition, the National Gallery presents A Christmas Concert with Le Choeur du festival de musique sacrée de l'Outaouais, conducted by Michael Hartney. In the Auditorium on Thursday 21 December at 7 pm. Admission: $6 (Friends $5).
On Wednesday 27 December from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm or from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, children aged 4 and up, accompanied by an adult, are invited to create a mini-mural based on their observations of the works of Krieghoff and his contemporaries. Visits to the Krieghoff exhibition and to the Gallery's permanent collection as well as the workshop activity in the studio are included in the $6 admission fee per family. Registration recommended: (613) 998-8888.
Especially for Teenagers
Also on view during the holidays is Garry Neill Kennedy: Work of Four Decades. This luscious and colourful exhibition of 80 works by one of Canada's most important contemporary artists, includes paintings, drawings, wall works, artist's books, photographs, and site-specific installations. On 28, 29, and 30 December from 10 am to 4 pm, teens aged 13 to 17 are invited to tour the Garry Neill Kennedy exhibition and explore the possibilities of conceptual art through hands-on activities in the Studio. Materials included. Fee: $60 ($50 for Friends of the NGC). Registration required. Call (613) 998-8888.
For People with Disabilities
The National Gallery offers tours for hearing-impaired or visually-impaired visitors and practical workshops for intellectually-disabled visitors. Descriptive guided tours of the Krieghoff exhibition for the visually impaired are also available. Maximum of five people per session. Advance registration required. Call (613) 990-0576 or TDD 990-8340 for more information.
The National Gallery of Canada is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; Thursdays to 8 pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Gallery is closed on 25 December and 1 January; and open on Boxing Day (Tuesday 26 December).
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