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

The National Gallery of Canada’s summer exhibition The 1930s: The Making of “The New Man” counts down to a successful conclusion

Ottawa - August 12, 2008

With just one month to go before it closes, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) is already declaring its major summer exhibition, The 1930s, the Making of “The New Man,” an unqualified success. Visitor numbers are well ahead of projections and audience reaction is very positive.

“We are delighted with the results to date as well as the appreciative comments received from Canadian and international visitors alike” said Director of Public Affairs, Joanne Charette. “We are anticipating that this will continue until the exhibition closes.”

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, The 1930s, The Making of "The New Man” is on view until September 7, 2008. It is a powerful and thought-provoking exhibition comprising 206 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by 103 European and North American artists, some of which have rarely been on public display. It includes works by some of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century such as Jean Arp, Vassily Kandinsky, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalί, Alberto Giacometti, August Sander, Diego Rivera, Alex Colville, Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Ivan Albright and Walker Evans. In addition, the majority of the works presented are loans secured from some of the most prestigious public and private collections in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Spain, Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the United States and Canada. 

The exhibition is on view exclusively at the NGC and is the first exhibition to explore the link between art and biology. Divided into nine themes, Genesis, Convulsive Beauty, “The Will to Power,” The Making of “The New Man”, Mother Earth, The Appeal of Classicism, “Faces of our Time,” “Crowds and Power,” and The Charnel House, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the minds of artists of that era’s and their reactions to the political ideologies predominating at a particularly turbulent time in history.

“A glance into the Gallery’s Visitors Book reveals that the significance of this exhibition is being appreciated and understood,” said CEO and President of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, Marie Claire Morin.

Two recent visitors state:

“Brilliantly presented to the public in such a way as to connect viewers with varying amounts of knowledge of this time period. Both chilling and evocative. As someone who is fascinated with this time period, I found this exhibition allowed me to understand the feelings of those who lived through it on a level that a simple text book never could. I am sure that many people will be moved by it as I was.” (E. A. Buscheck)

“Brilliant! Fascinating choices; the selections make sense, flow into a “story.” So important to remain aware. Thank you.” (K. Lannan)


A softcover catalogue in English and French accompanies this exhibition edited by Jean Clair, guest curator of the The 1930s: The Making of “The New Man.” Nearly 400 pages in length, it contains 210 rich colour illustrations with works by some of the most celebrated artists in the exhibition. Available at a cost of $70 CDN, it is on sale at the NGC’s Bookstore.

Bell Audioguide

A Bell audioguide, which offers context, background and in-depth explanations of specific works, accompanies this exhibition at a cost of $6. In addition, some works also have verbal descriptions for visitors who are blind or have visual impairments.

Admission and NGC Hours

Tickets are on sale at $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and full-time students, $7 for youths aged 12 to 19 years, and $30 for families (two adults and three children). Admission is free of charge for children under 12 and for Friends of the Gallery. Tickets include admission to the NGC Collection and are available by telephone at 613-998-8888 or 1-888-541-8888 or at www.shopngc.ca.
From 1 May to 30 September, the NGC is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm and Thursdays until 8 pm.  Free admission to the NGC Collection after 5 pm on Thursdays.

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 21st 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.

About the National Gallery of Canada Foundation

The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to supporting the National Gallery and its affiliate, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP), in fulfilling their mandates. By fostering strong partnerships, the Foundation provides the Gallery and the CMCP with the additional financial support required to lead Canada's visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally. The blend of public support and private philanthropy enables the National Gallery of Canada to preserve and interpret Canada's visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred gifts, including for special projects and endowments.

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For more information, please contact:

Josée-Britanie Mallet
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
National Gallery of Canada

Claire Schofield
Manager, Communications and
Public Relations
National Gallery of Canada