Alex Janvier the largest exhibition of one of Canada’s most respected Indigenous artists, has attracted more than 72,000 visitors to the National Gallery of Canada, making it one of the most popular winter exhibitions for a Canadian artist in ten years. This major retrospective, closing on April 17, 2017, covers seven decades of artistic production and includes works on public display for the first time. After it closes in Ottawa, the Alex Janvier exhibition travels to the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, where it will be on display from May 20 to September 10, 2017.
The critically acclaimed exhibition, comprising 154 paintings and drawings, invites visitors to discover modern works that are vibrant with colour, symbolism, history and emotion. Through his art, Alex Janvier, of Denesuline and Saulteaux descent, immerses viewers in First Nations culture and history and in his own story, marked by time spent at an Indian residential school as a youth in St. Paul, Alberta.
Most of the works in the Alex Janvier exhibit are drawn from public and private collections from across Canada, and from the artist's own collection. The show also includes five works from the national collection of the National Gallery of Canada.
The National Gallery of Canada gratefully thanks Michael and Renae Tims for their support of the exhibition. The educational and programming components of the exhibition are supported by the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD).
More information about the artist, the exhibition and related activities can be found at gallery.ca/Janvier.
Private Group Tours for Adults
Until Sunday 16 April 2017, discover the exhibition Alex Janvier and learn more about Janvier’s life experiences and career during a one-hour guided tour for adults. In English and French. Groups must include a minimum of 10 people. Please contact [email protected] to book a tour. In the exhibition space, Cost: $7 + Gallery admission, Reservations required
The remarkable career of Alex Janvier is celebrated in a retrospective exhibition catalogue from the National Gallery of Canada. This 200-page paperback catalogue published by the NGC features essays by the exhibition curator and Audain Senior Curator of Indigenous art, NGC, Greg Hill; Chris Dueke, an independent scholar, and Lee-Ann Martin, former Curator of Contemporary Canadian Aboriginal Art at the Canadian Museum of History It is on sale at the Boutique for $40 as well as at ShopNGC.ca, the Gallery’s online boutique.
Tickets: $12 (adults); $10 (seniors and full-time students); $6 (youth: 12-19); $24 (families: two adults and three youth). Admission is free for children under the age of 12 and for Members.
The Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Closed Mondays. For more information call 613-990-1985 or 1-800-319-ARTS.
About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada established the Canadian Photography Institute, a global multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @gallerydotca.
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