Also on View

Admission to these exhibitions is included
with your Raphael to Carracci ticket.

This exhibition is devoted to the nine winners of the 2009 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Representing the practices of some of Canada’s leading artists working in painting, performance, video, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, fine craft and film, the exhibition showcases some of their works. This year’s laureates are John Greer (sculptor), Nobuo Kubota (interdisciplinary artist), Rita McKeough (interdisciplinary artist), Robert Morin (video and film maker), Raymond Moriyama (architect), Gordon Smith (painter), Kevin Lockau (glass artist, Saidye Bronfman Award) and Kim Ondaatje and Tony Urquhart (artists and co-founders of CARFAC).

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts.

Scott McFarland:
A Cultivated View

11 April – 13 September 2009

Photographer Scott McFarland creates exacting images that depict nature crafted to human will and desire. A major body of work has focused on Vancouver gardens. On one level, the photographs indicate a state of harmony and peacefulness, while on the other the overall effect appears artificial. McFarland’s works emphasize both the precarious balance between human and natural worlds and how photography’s link to reality is both true and fabricated.

Organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in conjunction with the BC Scene programming presented by the National Arts Centre from 21 April to 3 May 2009.


17 April - 30 August 2009

This thematic exhibition focuses on works by Vancouver-based artists whose practices manifest different interpretations of nomadism, a way of life that takes place in a non-structured environment where movement plays an important role. Featuring the work of Gareth Moore, Geoffrey Farmer, Myfanwy MacLeod, Hadley+Maxwell, and Althea Thauberger, the show explores artistic practices that encompass recent re-conceptions of site-specific art and art-making wherein the artworks are not integrated specifically into the display architecture but exist in a more fluid, even transformative, state.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada in conjunction with the BC Scene programming presented by the National Arts Centre from 21 April to 3 May 2009.

This exhibition of 35 prints from the collection shows the remarkable skills of two of the twentieth century’s greatest portrait photographers. A relationship was established between the two photographers in 1936 when Yousuf Karsh paid his first visit to Edward Steichen’s New York studio. Working with a clientele composed of individuals celebrated for their power, wealth, or talent both Steichen and Karsh displayed a remarkable ability to engage with their sitters on equal terms and to capture their characters without compromising their standards of artistic integrity or standards of formal excellence.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

During the 1880s, some artists in Europe began exploring an inner vision. Their work marked a staunch opposition to that of the Realist and Impressionist artists of the time, who focused on recording the exterior world. “Mystery,” “Suggestion” and “Dream” are terms that evoke the strange beauty of Symbolist art. The exhibition includes works by Paul Gauguin, Odilon Redon, Edvard Munch, Eugène Carrière and Jan Toorop.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

The National Gallery of Canada, in collaboration with the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, will reunite the fragments of the Petrobelli Altarpiece painted by the 16th-century Italian artist Paolo Veronese. The Altarpiece, a large canvas painting, was cut into pieces at the end of the 18th century and the four extant fragments have not been together since. The largest fragment, Dead Christ Supported by Angels, is part of the Gallery's permanent collection, and has been under restoration for more than a year. Focusing on the partial reconstruction of the painting, this small exhibition also examines the creative process within the artist’s studio.

A collaboration between Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, and the National Gallery of Canada, in association with the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas. The restoration of the NGC fragment and the presentation of the altarpiece in Ottawa was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Members, Supporting Friends and Donors of the NGC and the NGC Foundation.

Thomas Nozkowski

26 June - 20 September 2009

This survey exhibition brings together some 50 paintings by American artist Thomas Nozkowski produced over the past 20 years – the largest exhibition to date devoted to his work. Among the finest abstract painters working today, Nozkowski uses an extremely restricted set of formats while developing an extensive vocabulary of organic and geometric forms. The result is paintings that transgress historical conventions of abstraction to keep it alive and relevant for the twenty-first century.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.