About

Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

MEDIA ADVISORY - INTERVIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

Ottawa - June 4, 2008

ALEX COLVILLE, GUEST SPEAKER AT THE VERNISSAGE OF THE NATIONAL GALLERY’S SUMMER EXHIBITION THE 1930S: THE MAKING OF “THE NEW MAN”

At 6 pm on June 5, 2008, Alex Colville, one of Canada’s most celebrated living artists will be a guest speaker at the Vernissage of the National Gallery of Canada’s (NGC) major summer exhibition, The 1930s: The Making of “The New Man.”

During World War II, Colville went to Europe and served as a war artist. In this role, he bore witness to the era and the ideology surrounding the creation of “the new man.” Colville’s Bodies in a Grave will be displayed in the exhibition (courtesy of the Canadian War Museum). His painting will be placed alongside the works of world-renowned international artists, such as Pablo Picasso

The National Gallery of Canada owns 68 of Colville’s works some of which are regularly on view in the NGC’s Canadian Galleries.

WHAT: 
The Vernissage of the NGC’s Summer 2008 exhibition, The 1930s: The Making of “The New Man.”

WHERE:  
National Gallery of Canada’s Great Hall
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON
  
WHEN:  
Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 6.00 pm

NOTE: Photo and interview opportunities with Alex Colville are possible between 5-6 pm. Please contact Josée Britanie Mallet or Claire Schofield to schedule a time.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. In addition, it has pre-eminent collections of Inuit, Western and European Art from the 14th to the 21 century, American and Asian Art as well as drawings and photography. Created in 1880, it is among the oldest of Canada’s national, cultural institutions. As part of its mandate to make Canadian art accessible across the country, the NGC has one of the largest touring art exhibition programs in North America. For more information, visit www.gallery.ca.

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Josée-Britanie Mallet
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
National Gallery of Canada
613-990-6835
bmallet@gallery.ca

Claire Schofield
Manager, Communications and Public Relations
National Gallery of Canada
613-990-7081
cschofield@gallery.ca