A magical holiday season with the National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa - December 17, 2008
During this holiday season, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) offers an ideal opportunity to visit opulent exhibitions, purchase gifts, take part in enriching, playful and fun art-education activities, and simply relax and enjoy yourself at one of its restaurants. The Gallery welcomes you with its enchanting 12.2-meter-high Christmas tree, a crowning glory in the Great Hall. The Gallery will be open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m., and exceptionally on Monday, December 29. It will be closed on December 25 and January 1. To find out more about the exhibitions and activities at the Gallery, visit www.gallery.ca or call 613-998-8888 or 1-888-541-8888.
Whether you’re with family or friends or visiting on your own, the featured exhibitions at the NGC and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP) will leave a lasting impression. Spectacular, fascinating, surprising, bold, and sometimes moving – the works presented will evoke a whole range of emotions.
Among the must-see exhibitions are Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture, named one of the 10 best exhibitions by Time magazine; Caught in the Act: The Viewer as Performer, invites you to experience contemporary art; and Steeling the Gaze: Portraits by Aboriginal Artists, presents contemporary portraits of Aboriginal artists by the artists themselves. Contemporary art exhibitions Living Room and Drawn Positions: Geographies and Communities, which feature installations by Canadian and American artists, are stunningly bold. Plan your visit by clicking on Exhibitions, where you’ll find a description of each of the current exhibitions.
Discover your national treasure: the NGC collection
The Gallery’s collection comprises a wealth of invaluable treasures, both artistically and historically, including the most important collection of Canadian art in the world. While at the Gallery, take also the opportunity to explore the exceptional collections of indigenous art, photographs, contemporary art, prints and drawings, European and American art, and Asian art.
Come into contact with art: guided tours and educational activities
Every day at 2 p.m., discover the works of art in the sculpture collection. These 45-minute tours provide a wealth of information about certain works in the Gallery’s collection. The tours start in the Grand Hall and are included with admission.
The holiday season is a great time to take part in art-looking and art-making with your children ages 3 years and older. Offered daily, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Artissimo offers a variety of fun activities designed to familiarize young visitors with art and the Gallery’s collection. In addition to art-making activities and wooden building blocks, pair up with our Art Buddies - reproductions of characters and animals in paintings – to find the artworks in which they appear. Try Art from Above, an activity where families reproduce artworks on a grand scale using coloured fabric. Feely Boxes engage the sense of touch as kids feel objects, in a sealed box, that provide clues to finding an artwork. Animals at the Gallery is a self-guided tour inviting children to search for animals in the collection.
Young artists will be proud to see their works displayed on the Artissimo wall. Access to the Artissimo program is included with Gallery admission. No registration is required. Just look for the red Artissimo pods in the Great Hall.
Find the perfect gifts for friends and family at the NGC Bookstore
With its garlands, lights, and Christmas decorations, the NGC Bookstore welcomes you with a magical and festive ambiance. You’ll find a wide variety of gift ideas that will be perfect for your friends and family of all ages: exhibition catalogues, beautiful art books, a wide selection of 2009 calendars featuring great Canadian and foreign artists, signed jewellery, art supplies, and much more.
Featured this season: the magnificent catalogues for the exhibitions Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture and Caught in the Act: The Viewer as Performer, as well as reproductions of sculptures by Bernini. For those who can’t shop in person, NGC’s virtual boutique makes it very easy to purchase items from the comfort of your home.
A gift to enjoy all year: a membership to the NGC
What could be better than to indulge yourself or a loved one with the gift of a NGC membership? You will become a member of the great Gallery family and the community of art lovers, have access to the many advantages offered by the NGC and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, including free admission to the collection and to special exhibitions and a 15% discount on your purchases at the Gallery Bookstore. Become a member or purchase a gift membership online.
Have a bite: Cafétéria des Beaux-arts and Café l’Entrée
Located at the end of the concourse off the Great Hall, and across from the Contemporary galleries, this beautifully appointed cafeteria has its own glass rotunda and an inspiring view of Nepean Point, the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill. It is designed to serve families and groups in an informal, self-service atmosphere. Choose from two daily specials, salad bar, made-to-order sandwiches and more. Hours of operation follow Gallery hours throughout the year.
Perfect for lunch or afternoon tea, the Café l'Entrée is located in the Great Hall and overlooks the Ottawa River and Parliament. The Café's menu emphasizes simply prepared light foods and fine pastries. Open every day from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Reservations: 613-991-4060.
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 Indigenous, 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 Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography is an affiliate of the National Gallery of Canada. Its collection comprises over 161,000 images (17,000 photographic works and 144,000 negatives and transparencies), and has been developed through purchases, assignments and donations of the best documentary and art photography by Canadian photographers. The variety and range of its collection make CMCP a unique institution in Canada, and one of only a few national museums devoted exclusively to photography in the world. Most exhibitions organized by the CMCP for presentation in Ottawa are then made available to venues across the country and abroad through the National Gallery’s “On Tour” programme. The CMCP continues to acquire the works of photographers currently living and working in Canada.
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