Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

The 2009 Exhibition Program at the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

Ottawa (Ontario) - February 23, 2009

Exhibitions of Canadian and international art
that will fascinate art lovers of all ages!

The 2009 exhibition program at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP), which is designed to inspire, move and enrich, promises to captivate art enthusiasts of all ages. Audiences will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of exhibitions ranging from contemporary art and photography, to historical and Indigenous art. Once inside the Gallery, they can experience all of Canada in just one day, see works by celebrated Canadian and international artists as well as discover those who are up-and-coming. For all the details on the 2009 program, visit http://www.gallery.ca.

"Both the NGC and the CMCP organize high-quality exhibitions for a variety of audiences to enjoy,” said the Gallery’s director, Marc Mayer. “We are particularly proud of the 2009 programming and are looking forward to welcoming art lovers and their friends from across Canada and around the world."

The NGC Focuses on Indigenous, Canadian, Italian, and Photographic Art

Throughout 2009, the NGC is inviting the public to sample an exciting and wide range of art through a series of exhibitions and installations. The program includes:

April 17 to August 30, 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 works by 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 artmaking where the artworks are not integrated into the display architecture, but exist in a fluid, even transformative, state. At times, it is the artists’ practice that is nomadic – they travel specifically to gather materials and document interventions made along the way; in other cases, the objects themselves are nomadic, becoming staged sets or kits adapted to their particular context of display. In further instances, the works are event-based, favouring interaction and collaboration with a particular community. The pieces in Nomads shift our expectations of the art object and question notions of authorship, authenticity and museum display. Organized in conjunction with the BC Scene programming presented by the National Arts Centre from April 21 to May 3, 2009. A bilingual catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

From Raphael to Carracci. The Art of Papal Rome
From May 29 to September 7, 2009
Italian art takes centre stage this spring and throughout the summer at the National Gallery of Canada. From Raphael to Carracci. The Art of Papal Rome will feature a unique and unprecedented group of works by some of the most celebrated names in Italian art. Ottawa will be the only venue for this extraordinary exhibition, which will survey and illuminate one of the most significant periods in art history: 16th-century Rome. Approximately 150 paintings and drawings will be displayed, including rare works by such acknowledged masters as Michelangelo, Raphael, Giorgio Vasari, Federico Barocci, and Annibale Carracci, as well as lesser-known but nonetheless superb artists, many of whom have only recently been appreciated for their skill and relevance. A richly illustrated catalogue and a web site (www.gallery.ca/raphael) accompany the exhibition.

Paolo Veronese and the Petrobelli Altarpiece
May 29 to September 7, 2009
The National Gallery of Canada, in collaboration with the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, and the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, will reunite the fragments of the Petrobelli Altarpiece. Thanks to the talent of the Gallery’s restaurateurs, as of May 2009, and for the first time in 400 years, NGC visitors will have the opportunity to view the Petrobelli Altarpiece painted by the 16th-century Italian artist Paolo Veronese. The largest fragment, The 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 publication will accompany the exhibition. 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
From June 26 to September 20, 2009
This survey exhibition – the first organized by the Gallery’s new Director, Marc Mayer – 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 21st century.

David Hoffos: Scenes from the House Dream
From October 2, 2009 to January 10, 2010
David Hoffos: Scenes from the House Dream showcases a complete body of work executed over the past five years. The “House Dream” series consists primarily of small realistic-looking dioramas of dwelling spaces as well as urban and suburban landscapes that are punctured by Hoffos’s signature low-tech but highly effective illusionism that add an inescapable level of the surreal to our understanding of time and place. Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in partnership with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.

Nature Draws Her Own Portrait:
19th-century French Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada

October 9, 2009 to January 10, 2010
Paris. 6 January 1839. The first public announcement of a new invention for making pictures appeared in the press. The daguerreotype, named after its inventor, J.L.M. Daguerre, consisted of an image of an amalgam of mercury particles on a silvered copper plate made with an artist’s camera obscura. Three weeks later, the London press announced W.H.F. Talbot’s photographic process involving a paper negative from which a positive could be made. Thus was realized the age old dream of “Nature painting her own portrait.” Drawn from the National Gallery’s extensive collection of nineteenth-century French photographs, the exhibition consists of daguerreotypes, salted paper, albumen silver and photogravure prints made by some of the major practitioners working in France at the time, including work by Eugène Atget, Edouard Baldus, Maxime Du Camp, J.B. Greene, Gustave Le Gray, Charles Marville, F.J. Moulin, Nadar, Auguste Salzmann, and Félix Teynard among others. This exhibition will feature approximately eighty photographs from the first decade of French photography to 1900 as well as several twentieth-century examples of Atget’s work. A fully illustrated catalogue – the second of a series – comprises an introductory essay and in-depth entries on each photograph will accompany the exhibition.

Kinngait Studios: 1959 and 2009.
The 50th Anniversary of Cape Dorset Prints

16 October 2009 – 17 January 2010
This year, Cape Dorset, Nunavut, celebrates fifty years of printmaking. While experimentation began in 1957, the inaugural collection was released during the summer of 1959. This exhibition acknowledges the significance of this anniversary by pairing the most recent and innovative work (to be released in 2009) from the renamed Kinngait Studios with the complete 1959 collection. The latter, which comprises extremely rare pieces, is being reassembled for the first time in five decades. The opening of the exhibition in October will coincide with the launch of the 2009 Cape Dorset print collection and other festive events at the NGC. A publication will accompany the exhibition.

The Drawings and Paintings of Daphne Odjig: A Retrospective Exhibition
From October 23, 2009 to January 10, 2010
Organized in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Sudbury, this exhibition brings together works produced by Daphne Odjig over a 44-year period, providing a critical and long-overdue assessment of the artist’s extensive aesthetic, philosophical and cultural investigations. The exhibition comprises nearly 60 works, including examples of Odjig’s history and legend paintings, murals, erotica, abstractions and landscapes. As a group, these works articulate the breadth of Odjig’s engagement with her personal and cultural history. They also trace the remarkable aesthetic development of the artist from her initial experimentation to the mastery of her media. A beautiful catalogue signed by curator Bonnie Devine, with texts by Robert Houle and Duke Redbird accompany this exhibition. The catalogue is offered in English, French, and Anishnabe. Presented by Pratt and Whitney. 

Miller Brittain: When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears
October 23, 2009 to January 3, 2010
Miller Brittain: When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears presents over 70 drawings, paintings and murals dating from 1930 to 1968 by the important New Brunswick artist, Miller Brittain. Realist images of the social crises of the 1930s and of his life in the air force during the Second World War are preludes to Brittain’s religious and visionary post-war paintings and drawings. This exhibition provides a significant introduction to the life and work of this renowned Canadian artist. Organized and circulated by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Photographs that are provocative and instructive: at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

Scott McFarland: A Cultivated View
April 11 to September 13, 2009
Since graduating from the University of Bristish Columbia in 1997, photographer Scott McFarland’s career has been flourishing. 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. A publication will accompany the exhibition. Presented by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Organized in conjunction with the BC Scene programming presented by the National Arts Centre from 21 April to 3 May 2009

Gabor Szilasi: The Eloquence of the Everyday
October 8, 2009 to January 17, 2010
Over the last 50 years, Gabor Szilasi has created one of Canada’s significant and influential bodies of photographic work, comprising environmental portraits, domestic, and urban views of Montreal and Budapest – where the artist was born in 1928 – and images of rural Quebec. His photographs have been sustained by an unwavering belief in the humanistic and documentary value of the medium. This exhibition of 124 photographs celebrates Szilasi's achievement and uncovers the essence of his artistic vision through his observations of urban and rural life and his recordings of the connections between culture and community. In order to represent the evolution and reach of Szilasi’s work, lesser-known and never-before-exhibited photographs are shown alongside more familiar, iconic images. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition. Organized by the Musée d’art de Joliette and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. In addition, it has pre-eminent collections of Indigenous, Western and European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, American and Asian Art as well as drawings and photography. Created in 1880, it is among the oldest of Canada’s national, cultural institutions. As part of its mandate to make Canadian art accessible across the country, the NGC has one of the largest touring exhibition programs in North America.

About the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
The collection, which comprises over 17,000 photographic works and 144,000 negatives and transparencies), has been developed through purchases, assignments and donations of the best documentary and art photography by Canadian photographers. The range of its collection make CMCP a unique institution in this country, and one of only a few national museums devoted to photography in the world. Almost all exhibitions organized by the CMCP and displayed in Ottawa are then made available for travel to venues across the country and abroad through the National Gallery of Canada’s On Tour programme.

Note: Due to an ongoing renovation program of its premises at 1 Rideau Street, the CMCP is currently staging its exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada.

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For more information, please contact:

Josée-Britanie Mallet
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
National Gallery of Canada

Claire Schofield
Manager, Communications and Public Relations
National Gallery of Canada