National Gallery of Canada celebrates diversity in 2002-2003
Ottawa, Canada - December 5, 2003PRESS RELEASE
Le MBAC a célébré la diversité en 2002-2003
The National Gallery of Canada celebrated Canadian artists' diverse talents in 2002-2003, with an exhibition program that showcased the paintings of masters Tom Thomson and Suzor-Coté, Inuit artist Marion Tuu'luq's works on cloth, installations by contemporary artist Janet Cardiff, and photographs by Edward Burtynsky.
The Art of This Land project integrated First Nations objects within the Canadian galleries, a progressive approach that lets visitors view Canadian art in its broadest context.
These and other highlights of the newly released annual report led Donald R. Sobey, chairman of the Board of Trustees, to characterize 2002-2003 as “a tremendous year for the National Gallery of Canada ... Once again, the Gallery engaged and delighted patrons from across Canada and around the world with provocative, comprehensive, and outstanding exhibitions of works by a range of talented artists from Canada and abroad.”
Here are some other noteworthy accomplishments described in Annual Report 2002-2003, which covers both the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and its affiliate institution, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP), for the period from April 1, 2002, to March 31, 2003:
- Fantastic exhibitions of works by Malak Karsh, Robert Frank, Ken Lum and others brought a record 84,845 visitors to the CMCP — 70% more than expected.
- 524,059 people visited the NGC.
- The National Outreach program continued to encourage the exchange of ideas and collaboration with museums across the country, all with an eye to making the NGC’s permanent collection and exhibition programming accessible to as many Canadians as possible. Partners included the Art Gallery of Ontario (Tom Thomson), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Suzor-Côté), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (David Rabinowitch), the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon (Billy’s Vision), and Museum London (Tony Urquhart).
In order to fulfill their mandate to make Canadian art known both at home and around the world, the NGC and CMCP added 20 travelling exhibitions to the 14 already on offer, and circulated 929 loans — 860 in Canada and 69 abroad. Works were exhibited in such Canadian cities as Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Red Deer, Winnipeg, Windsor, Owen Sound, Peterborough, Kingston, Sherbrooke, Chicoutimi, Fredericton and Halifax. Abroad, they went to France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and to venues across the United States.
- The NGC gave Canadians the opportunity to enjoy international art through exhibitions such as Jade: The Ultimate Treasure of Ancient China and The Print in Italy 1550-1620.
- The NGC added 248 new works to its exceptional collection, 155 donated and 93 purchased. Acquisitions included important Canadian works such painter William Brymner’s In The Orchard (Spring) (1892), Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s award-winning installation The Paradise Institute (2001), and Inuit sculptor Karoo Ashevak’s (Fantasy) Figure with Birds (1972). International acquisitions included Venetian sculptor Alessandro Vittoria’s Portrait of Giulio Contarini (c. 1570-76) and Trinidad-based British painter Peter Doig’s Grand Riviere (2001-02).
- The CMCP acquired 107 works — 70 donated and 37 purchased — including John Max’s extraordinary Open Passport Series (c. 1965-72), a collection of 160 black-and-white photographs.
- The Gallery’s public education programs drew 105,985 participants.
- Donations from Members and Supporting Friends rose to $145,000, a 52 per cent increase over 2001-2002.
- The National Gallery of Canada Foundation raised $3.6 million in gifts and pledges.
- Virtual attendance on the NGC and CMCP’s Web sites (www.national.gallery.ca and www.cmcp.gallery.ca) soared to 702,487.
- The redesign and relaunch of CyberMuse, our educational art Web site (http://cybermuse.gallery.ca), helped boost its number of monthly hits from 76,000 to 525,000.
The full text of the National Gallery of Canada’s Annual Report 2002-2003 is available at www.national.gallery.ca/english/default_61.htm.
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