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Exhibitions on View

Governor General’s Awards in Visual
and Media Arts

27 March - 21 June 2009

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Since the inauguration of the awards, more than 60 Canadian artists and prominent figures have been recognized for their distinguished career achievements. Each year, seven artists are acknowledged for excellence in fine or applied arts, performance, film, video, audio or new media. An individual or group is also recognized for outstanding contributions to the visual and/or media arts in a voluntary or professional capacity. The Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts became part of the Governor General’s Awards in 2007. Created by the Governor General and the Canada Council for the Arts, which funds and administers the prizes, these awards celebrate the imagination and continuing creativity of extraordinary individuals.

The Symbolist Muse: Prints from the Permanent Collection

18 April to 21 June 2009

During the 1880s, some artists in Europe began exploring an inner vision. Their work marked a staunch opposition to that of the Realist and Impressionist artists of the time, who focused on recording the exterior world. “Mystery,” “Suggestion” and “Dream” are terms that evoke the strange beauty of Symbolist art. The exhibition includes works by Paul Gauguin, Odilon Redon, Edvard Munch, Eugène Carrière and Jan Toorop. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.


17 April to 30 August 2009

Featuring the work of Gareth Moore, Geoffrey Farmer, Myfanwy MacLeod, Hadley+Maxwell and Althea Thauberger, Nomads explores different interpretations of nomadism, a way of life that takes place in a non-structured environment where movement is paramount. The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Canada in conjunction with the BC Scene programming presented by the National Arts Centre from 21 April to 3 May 2009.

Raphael to Carracci:
The Art of Papal Rome

29 May - 7 September 2009

This long-awaited exhibition on Renaissance Rome, presented in Ottawa this summer, follows on the critically acclaimed exhibition on Renaissance Florence in 2005. Raphael to Carracci: The Art of Papal Rome brings together some 150 drawings and paintings by such sixteenth-century masters as Michelangelo, Raphael, Giorgio Vasari, Titian, and Annibale Carracci. This show offers a rare glimpse of the cosmopolitan character of Rome of the day and the opportunity to enjoy works of art inspired largely by the patronage of popes who were determined to glorify both the Church and the Eternal City. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada. Presented by Sun Life Financial.

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Paolo Veronese and the Petrobelli Altarpiece

29 May – 7 September 2009

The National Gallery of Canada – in collaboration with the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Blanton Museum of Art – reunites the fragments of the Petrobelli Altarpiece, painted by the 16th-century Italian artist Paolo Veronese. The Altarpiece, a large canvas painting, was cut into pieces at the end of the 18th century and the four extant fragments have not been together since. The largest fragment, the Dead Christ Supported by Angels, is part of the NGC’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 collaboration between Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, and the National Gallery of Canada, in association with the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas. 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

20 June to 20 September 2009

This survey exhibition 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. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

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