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    Watch National Gallery of Canada's Director of Conservation and Technical Research Stephen Gritt explain the process of restoring this panel painting.
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    Are you ready for the Ottawa Race Weekend? If you're running, we're cheering you on! And if you're planning to visit the Gallery, be sure to take note of road closures on Sussex and elsewhere downtown. http://www.gallery.ca/en/visit/getting-here.php #TORW2015 #ottarts
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    Luminous and True: The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans 28 May 2015 - 13 Sep 2015 Prints, Drawings and Photographs Galleries Special Events Frederick Evans (British, 1853–1943) was a man of deep intellectual inquisitiveness. His delicate but intense platinum and photogravure prints represent the conjunction of at least two streams of philosophical inquiry dear to the Victorians: the conundrum of natural laws and their relevance to and manifestation in the physical world and the connections between the various branches of scientific and artistic expression. Through his picture taking, Evans sought a spiritual harmony between these apparent dichotomies. While he earned a living for a period of time as a bookseller, his interests extended beyond literature to music, art and the philosophy of natural science. His first foray into photography was in 1883, when he bought himself a camera with which to make photomicrographs. As he acquired greater mastery of the process of photography, he also honed his powers of observation, capturing with ever increasing rigour cathedral interiors and facades, forests and landscapes. He was also a printer of sublime sensitivity, making prints that lead the eye across the “infinitely related planes” of Gothic columns at one moment, and then in another, into the complex details of dense foliage. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada
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    Director of Conservation and Technical Research Stephen Gritt takes us through the elaborate process required to restore a large panel painting that has been in several pieces in storage at the National Gallery of Canada for decades.
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    SHOP | This summer, rediscover the work of Alex Colville in the galleries and in The Bookstore! Check out custom products made exclusively for the National Gallery of Canada in-store and online at www.ShopNGC.ca.
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    This year's So You Want to Be an Artist? | Alors tu veux être artiste? contest is underway! Today on the CBC/Radio-Canada blog, Kevin N'guyen, last year's winner, tells us about his experience and where he is today.
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    Meet the Expert Friday May 29 at noon Luminous and True: The Photographs of Frederick H. Evanscurator, Ann Thomas, will give a tour of the exhibition. The visit will last approximately one hour followed by a 10-minute question period. In the Prints and Drawings Gallery. In English http://ow.ly/Mfa4V Frederick H. Evans, Wells Cathedral: A Sea of Steps, 1903, platinum print, 23.4 × 19.1 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
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    Promoting the arts and supporting youth initiatives is in CBC/Radio-Canada’s DNA. That’s why we’re proud to partner with the So You Want to Be an Artist contest. Meet last year’s winner, Kevin Nguyen. National Gallery of Canada
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    Get your #groove on this #weekend! Check out some #Latin infused electro-pop by #Montreal MC Boogat playing at the National Gallery of Canada! http://bit.ly/1FBs1pe
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    Nick Cave - Visual Artist comes to the National Gallery of Canada next week as part of our Art in Embassies: Contemporary Conversations series. Have you RSVPed yet? If not, you better hurry -- time is running out and space is limited! Event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1466514843639452/
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    New at NGC Magazine! Authenticity and Hybrid Cultures: The Art of Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Pièces de résistance is on view at DHC/ART in Montreal until September 20. http://ow.ly/MeVkS Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Homeless Child 3 (2013), mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, fibreglass, globe head, steel base plate, leather suitcases. © Yinka Shonibare MBE / licensed by SODRAC Photo: Stephen White Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Shanghai
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    Free admission to the National Gallery of Canada today until 6 p.m.! Yes please!
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    Here’s an early International Museum Day present: admission to the National Collection is FREE today (this excludes the Alex Colville exhibition), from 10am until 6pm! Come see old favourites, or check out the #GGarts and Mary Pratt shows. http://www.gallery.ca/en/index.php
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    Want more art in your life? No problem -- come spend your summer evenings with us. Starting today, until September 7, the Gallery is open every day from 10am until 6pm! http://www.gallery.ca/en/visit/hours.php Summer Night, 1907 Maurice Cullen Canadian, 1866 - 1934 oil on canvas 76.1 x 101.2 cm Royal Canadian Academy of Arts diploma work, deposited by the artist, Montreal, 1907 National Gallery of Canada (no. 111)
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    This Sunday: FREE admission to the National Collection from 10 am until 6pm! This includes the Mary Pratt and #GGarts shows, but does not include the Alex Colville exhibition. There will also be Artissimo from 11am to 4pm in the Great Hall, and 10-minute talks throughout the day! http://www.gallery.ca/en/calendar/day/2015/05/17 Mary Pratt Red Currant Jelly, 1972 oil on Masonite, 45.9 x 45.6 cm National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Photo © NGC
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    It's Thursday, so we have free admission tonight from 5-8pm for the permanent collection, as well as the Mary Pratt and #GGarts show! Here’s a video on Micah Lexier, a winner of a 2015 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1JylsmGSJk http://ggavma.canadacouncil.ca/archive/2015/winners/micah-lexier Lexier, Micah This One, That One (National Gallery of Canada Edit), 2013–14 HD video (MP4); 12:39 min National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Installation view: The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid
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    AGH Senior Curator of Historical Art, Tobi Bruce, was recently in Kingston, Ont. at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre for the opening of the exhibition the #ArtistHerself! This exhibition is coming to the AGH in spring 2016. Check out the National Gallery of Canada coverage of the exhibition:
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    Creative Writing Workshops Sunday 24 May from noon to 3pm Inspire your writing with the paintings of Alex Colville and the guidance of acclaimed author Frances Itani. Frances Itani is an internationally known, bestselling author of 16 books and her work has been translated in 17 countries. She has won many awards, including a Commonwealth Prize for her novel Deafening, for which she was also shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award. She is a three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award and her most recent novel, Tell, was shortlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize. A well-known teacher and public speaker, she is a Member of the Order of Canada. In English. Meet in the Education Studio. Open to all levels of writing ability. Space is limited. Cost: $38 Member; $50 Non-member. Registration required. Please call 613-998-8888 or visit the box office. http://ow.ly/MbVLl Alex Colville Target Pistol and Man, 1980 acrylic polymer emulsion on hardboard, 60 x 60 cm Private collection © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo © AGO
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    A quick sample of the fascinating work by Ame Henderson / Toronto Dance Theatre that will open this year's Canadadancefest on June 6th at the National Gallery of Canada. 'voyager' is 60 minutes of continuous movement; inspired by the Voyager space mission, once the work starts, all dancers begin moving and orbiting around the performance space, and do not stop moving until the end of the piece. Free (with gallery admission), 'voyager' will be presented in the vast emptiness of the National Gallery's Great Hall. Check out the event page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/838925889518437/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9dm42X6y7k
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    Don't forget to RSVP for our FREE Nick Cave (performance artist) #artconvoAIE on May 28 at 6pm. It's part of our Contemporary Conversations series, done in partnership with Art in Embassies, US Department of State and the US Embassy Ottawa. The conversation will be followed by a reception in the Water Court Foyer. http://ow.ly/MiPe1 Please RSVP by 21 May; space is limited: rsvp@gallery.ca
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    Don't miss world renowned oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer Sylvia Earle. CPAWS Talks Oceans at Ottawa's National Gallery of Canada, Monday, May 25 at 7pm! See below for more info and tickets!
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    BGL are a Quebecois collective representing Canada at the Venice Biennale 2015, with Canadissimo. Supported by the National Gallery of Canada, their representing galleries Diaz Contemporary and PARISIAN LAUNDRY as well as Canada Council for the Arts, CALQ and many corporate and private funders, they are Canada's artistic olympians for this two year term.This exhibition looks like wonderful blend of their cultural commentary, wry sense of humour and elegant disrespect for convention. Go BGL!
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    On a day like today we can't not share a photo of our favourite Maman! Happy Mother's Day to all the 'mamans' out there. Come by the NGC today for Artissimo where we'll be doing watercolours and corsages, as well as lots of 10-minute talks, and great gifts in the Bookstore. http://www.gallery.ca/mothersday/ Maman, 1999, cast 2003 Louise Bourgeois French, American, 1911 - 2010 bronze, stainless steel, and marble 927 x 891 x 1024 cm Purchased 2004 National Gallery of Canada (no. 41429) © Louise Bourgeois
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    New at NGC Magazine! BGL’s Canadassimo: Abundantly Canadian in Venice. Canadassimo is on view at the 56th International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia — until November 22, 2015. http://ow.ly/MC2a8 BGL, 2008. Photo © Richard-Max Tremblay. Courtesy of BGL
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    Here's Nicolas Laverdière from BGL on Q on CBC Radio talking about the much buzzed about Canada Pavilion, Canadassimo at La Biennale di Venezia.
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    Spend Mother's Day with us at the National Gallery! On May 10 come for Afternoon Tea in the Great Hall as well as Artissimo and 10-minute talks galore. And pick up a nice gift and card for your Mom in the Bookstore. http://www.gallery.ca/mothersday/ Bouquet of Roses, 1885 Henri Fantin-Latour French, 1836 - 1904 oil on canvas 38.9 x 46.3 cm Purchased 1914 National Gallery of Canada (no. 776)
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    A very exciting announcement came out of Venice: The Koerner family has donated $2 million to the Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment Fund. And now the Water Court is the Michael and Sonja Koerner Family Atrium. Thank you to the Koerner Family for their support of this important initiative to fund Canadian artists.
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    New at NGC Magazine! John Greer's retroActive: Using Humour in a Serious Way. retroActive is on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia until September 13. http://ow.ly/MeTx3 John Greer, Skeptical Spectacles (1974), sunglasses with sheep's wool, 6 x 14.5 x 14 cm. AGNS. © John Greer
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    BGL’s exhibition, Canadassimo, opens today at the La Biennale di Venezia. Thank you to our presenting sponsor RBC and major sponsor Aimia for their support of the Canadian Pavilion in Venice. Let us know if you check out the show by using the hashtag #BGLbiennale! http://ow.ly/M21Wz
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    Thanks to Zipcar for the shout out in their Ottawa Insider's guide along with Adorit Boutique House of TARG, Two six {ate}, Art-is-in Bakery Supply and Demand, blacksheep, National Gallery of Canada. Glad that the word is getting out that Canada's capital has lots of fun to be had :) http://www.zipcar.com/ziptopia/locals-guide/parliament-pinball-and-poutine-in-ottawa-an-insiders-guide-to-canadas-capital
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    Creative Writing Workshops Sunday 24 May from noon to 3pm Inspire your writing with the paintings of Alex Colville and the guidance of acclaimed author Frances Itani. Frances Itani is an internationally known, bestselling author of 16 books and her work has been translated in 17 countries. She has won many awards, including a Commonwealth Prize for her novel Deafening, for which she was also shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award. She is a three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award and her most recent novel, Tell, was shortlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize. A well-known teacher and public speaker, she is a Member of the Order of Canada. In English. Meet in the Education Studio. Open to all levels of writing ability. Space is limited. Cost: $38 Member; $50 Non-member. Registration required. Please call 613-998-8888 or visit the box office. http://ow.ly/MbVLl Alex Colville Target Pistol and Man, 1980 acrylic polymer emulsion on hardboard, 60 x 60 cm Private collection © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo © AGO
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    New at NGC Magazine! Reimagining the Photographic Image at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA). Part Picture and Past Picture are on view at MOCCA until May 31. The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is on until May 31. http://ow.ly/MvsRI Paul Strand, Photograph (before June 1917), photogravure, 23.1 x 16.9 cm. NGC. Gift of Dorothy Meigs Eidlitz, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, 1968
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    Reminder that our summer hours have started and we're open Mondays until 1 October!
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    New at NGC Magazine! Contemplating Time with Les Filles de la Croix. Under the Rose Arch is on view at the maclarenARTcentre in Barrie until June 28. http://ow.ly/LYNHr Dominique Rey, Untitled #3 (Photo Assemblage) [2014], c-prints mounted to acrylic support, 213 x 102 x 170 cm. Courtesy of the artist
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    The CBC's The Sunday Edition featured a documentary on Christiane Pflug, an artist in the National Collection. Learn more about this artist, whose work has "an eerie, almost ominous beauty."
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    Curious about BGL in Venice? The exhibition, Canadassimo opens later this week at La Biennale di Venezia. In the meantime, check out a sneak peak of the Canadian Pavilion! http://ow.ly/M20XJ
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    It's almost summer, so we're onto Summer Hours, which means starting May 4, we're open Mondays until October 1! http://www.gallery.ca/en/visit/hours.php One Summer's Day, 1884 William Brymner British, Canadian, 1855 - 1925 oil on wood 26.7 x 37.5 cm Purchased 1964 National Gallery of Canada (no. 14633)
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    New at NGC Magazine! The Fifth World: Choosing between Destruction and Reconnection. The Fifth World is on view at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan until June 7, 2015. http://ow.ly/LFdv4 Sonny Assu, Spaced Invaders (2014), digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting. Image courtesy of the artist

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