2000 and Counting:The Thousand Longest Rivers in the World; 144 Copper Square; Joseph Beuys, 100 Profile Views; and On Ad Infinitum... Exhibition on View from 18 August to 5 November 2000
Ottawa, Canada - August 8, 2000
« Tenir compte de l'an 2000 : The Thousand Longest Rivers in the World; 144 carrés de cuivre; Joseph Beuys, 100 vues de profil; Et ainsi à l'infini...Une exposition à l'affiche du 18 août au 5 novembre 2000 »
To celebrate the new millennium, the National Gallery of Canada presents 2000 and Counting, a thematic exhibition of contemporary works drawn from the Gallery's permanent collection. While the first part of the exhibition, presented from December 1999 to March 2000, explored the weight of time at the end of the millennium and the idea of the "unimaginably big", the second part concentrates on the work of artists who use mathematical formulas, repetitive forms, units of measures and numerical classification systems to structure their ideas. 2000 and Counting: The Thousand Longest Rivers in the World; 144 Copper Square; Joseph Beuys, 100 Profile Views; and on ad infinitum... is on view in the Contemporary Galleries from 18 August to 5 November 2000. Admission is free.
The media are invited to schedule interviews and guided tours of the exhibition with Kitty Scott, Acting Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, by calling the National Gallery's Communications office at (613) 990-6835.
There are 32 works in the exhibition featuring Canadian artists N.E.Thing Co., Gathie Falk, Arnaud Maggs, Kazuo Nakamura, Brian Groombridge and Jana Sterbak; American artists Jasper Johns, Joseph Kosuth, Carl Andre, Brice Marden, Eleanor Antin, and Lawrence Weiner; British artist Hamish Fulton; Italian artists Alighiero e Boetti and Mario Merz; French artist Roman Opalka; and German artist Rosemarie Trockel.
2000 and Counting includes Hamish Fulton's Kent, England, a work which describes 9 walks in Fulton's home county, walks in which he simply counts the paces taken. The repetition and accumulation of Carl Andre's minimal square forms are echoed in Arnaud Maggs's 100 photographs of the famous German artist Joseph Beuys. The formal mathematical air of Kazuo Nakamura's equations plays off the more philosophical and conceptual project of Joseph Kosuth's One and Three Tables. The absurdity of precise measurement is the subject of Alighiero e Boetti's conceptual artist book The Thousand Longest Rivers in the World.
Meet the Curator
On Sunday 1 October at 3 pm, the public is invited to visit the Contemporary Galleries with Kitty Scott, Acting Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. Admission is free. In English with bilingual discussion.
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Guided Tours of the Permanent Collection
Daily, 11 am and 2 pm. Meet in the Great Hall. Admission is free
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