Paintings by Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Morisot, and Renoir, among others, as well as masterpieces from the Golden Age of Danish painting are featured in Impressionist Treasures opening May 18th at the National Gallery of Canada. This superlative selection of works from the Ordrupgaard collection in Denmark is just one of 12 special exhibitions of silversmithing, paintings, drawings, photographs, videos, installations, and Augmented Reality experiences opening at the National Gallery of Canada this year.
Impressionist Treasures: The Ordrupgaard Collection features key paintings from Denmark’s famed collection of works assembled by Wilhelm and Henny Hansen in the early 20th century. The collection is regarded today as one of Europe’s most beautiful compilations of Impressionist art. The exhibition of 76 paintings, which runs until September 9, 2018 in the Special Exhibitions Galleries, will surprise, as much as delight visitors, as they will discover new master works painted by old favourites. To find out more.
Laurent Amiot (1764-1839) was one of the most influential figures in Canadian silversmithing in the early 1800s. Laurent Amiot. Canadian Master Silversmith is the first major exhibition dedicated to the artist. It features 75 works, including rare drawings by Amiot presented for the first time to the public, and 16 works by his contemporaries, that illustrate how Canada’s master silversmith elevated silversmithing above craft to fine art. On view from May 11 to September 23, 2018. To find out more.
The Extended Moment: Fifty Years of Collecting Photographs, is the first of five exhibitions organized by the Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) in 2018. It presents the birth, enrichment and transformation of the Gallery’s photography collection from 1967, when the medium was not yet considered fine art, to 2017. More than 150 works in various photographic mediums, from woodburytype to ink jet print, created by leaders in photography - including Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lisette Model and Eadweard Muybridge - will be on view from May 4 to September 16, 2018. To find out more.
PhotoLab 4: New Generation Photography Award Exhibition recognizes a new generation of artists working in photography and lens-based art. The work of the three winners are on view in the CPI Galleries from April 13 to August 19, 2018. Presented by the Canadian Photography Institute and CPI Founding Partner Scotiabank. To find out more.
Anthropocene: Human Footprint, features new large scale photographs and high resolution murals by Edward Burtynsky, films by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier and Augmented Reality and text that explore how humans are changing the earth’s natural processes. The exhibition, on view from September 28, 2018 to February 24, 2019, was organized with the assistance of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Supported by Scotiabank, Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute. To find out more.
Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer, opening October 19, 2018 to February 3, 2019, is the first retrospective of the Victorian photographic pioneer. Rejlander is highly regarded for his use of “combination printing” (photographs made by combining two or more negatives) which laid the foundation for image manipulation seen in the work of Photoshop users today. Many of the artist’s best known photographs will be on view along with some of his early landscapes, portraits and studies This ground breaking exhibition presents, for the first time, a selection of Rejlander’s paintings, drawings and lithographs alongside his photographs. Supported by Scotiabank, Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institut.
PhotoLab 5: L’arbre est dans ses feuilles, on view from October 19, 2018, to February 3, 2019, is a video installation featuring artist Althea Thauberger in a loose portrayal of Lorraine Monk, the executive producer of the NFB Still Photography Division between 1960 and 1980. Inspired by the People Tree, an artwork made for the Canada Pavilion at Expo ’67, the Montreal-based artist explores issues of gender, race, and sexuality. Thauberger’s video project presents a dense fabric of identity that contrasts with that proposed in the mid-sixties by mixing images from the Division’s archive with voices of contemporary poets and cultural critics, and her own performances.
From terracotta and bronze sculptures to chalk drawings and a painting, the exhibition Masters of Venetian Portraiture explores different forms of portraiture. Works by Veronese, Tiepolo and Vittoria, including loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, as well as works from the Gallery’s own collection, will be on view in this Masterpiece in Focus exhibition from June 8 to September 16, 2018. To find out more.
Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection from The Metropolitan Museum of Art brings together seventy-five drawings, watercolours and oils by Swiss artist Paul Klee that were gifted to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by one of the postwar era’s renowned art dealers and collectors, Heinz Berggruen. The works encompass all aspects of Klee’s prolific career, as both draughtsman and painter. Presented from November 16, 2018 to March 17, 2019, this is the first Canadian exhibition in nearly four decades to be devoted to Klee.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the National Gallery of Canada in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia present Halifax Harbour 1918: Harold Gilman and Arthur Lismer. On view from October 12, 2018 to March 17, 2019, this Masterpiece in Focus exhibition will examine the shared mission of Gilman (1876–1919, British) and Lismer (1885–1969, Canadian) to record the port of Halifax, and the manner in which this Canadian War Memorials Fund commission pushed the boundaries of their artistic practice.
For more information about the Gallery’s 2018 program, including the Library and Archives exhibitions, TIFF Film Circuit, Contemporary Conversations, Creative Thursdays, and activities for Families and Kids, visit gallery.ca.
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From 1 May to 30 September, 2018, the Gallery is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm. From October 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019, the Gallery is closed on Mondays, and opened from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Thursdays, from 10 am to 8 pm. Holiday exceptions apply, and hours are subject to change without notice. Please visit gallery.ca for more information. For more information, visit gallery.ca.
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