During the redesign of the Fred & Elizabeth Fountain Garden Court, the Rideau Chapel, featuring Janet Cardiff's Forty-Part Motet, will be closed until March 29, 2018.
The publicly and critically acclaimed Forty-Part Motet is now back on display at the National Gallery of Canada. This brilliant sound sculpture by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff is a reworking of Spem in Alium, a piece by 16th-century English composer Thomas Tallis. Forty separately-recorded choir voices are played back through 40 speakers positioned around the Rideau Chapel in the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. The effect of the work on visitors is deeply moving.