Exhibitions

Canadian Biennial 2017

20 Oct 2017 - 18 Mar 2018

Special Exhibitions Galleries

The fourth edition of the Canadian Biennial showcases a comprehensive selection of works acquired by the Gallery’s departments of Contemporary Art, Indigenous Art and Photography, and is the first to date to feature artists working both in Canada and internationally. The exhibition reveals the dynamic ways in which artists engage with the increasingly globalized world of contemporary art through a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, printmaking, video and installation-based practices. Migration, the impact and interpretation of history and belief systems on contemporary art and culture, stereotypes of identity and nationhood, and the emancipatory potential of the imagination and creativity, are some of the themes and subjects addressed in the Biennial that reflects the Gallery’s pursuits in building an outstanding and pertinent collection of art today.

Stan Douglas, <em>Luanda-Kinshasa</em>, 2013, high-definition video. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
© Stan Douglas. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist, David Zwirner, New York/London and Victoria Miro, London

Stan Douglas, Luanda-Kinshasa, 2013, high-definition video. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa © Stan Douglas. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist, David Zwirner, New York/London and Victoria Miro, London