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

National Gallery features Art of this Land from a faraway land

Ottawa, Canada - April 5, 2005

The National Gallery of Canada is launching the second phase of its innovative Art of this Land project this week with the installation of a generous loan from the British Museum in London, England.

Art of this Land, an ongoing project launched in 2003, incorporates Native art into the Canadian Galleries. Displaying Aboriginal art alongside non-Aboriginal art gives evidence of the diversity and richness of this artistic production, and illustrates its evolution from ancient times to the present day.

To celebrate the second phase of Art of this Land, Jonathan King, writer and Curator of North American Collections at the British Museum, will deliver a lecture titled “North American Aboriginal Art at the British Museum – 300 Years of Collecting Canadian History” on Friday 8 April 2005 at 12:15 p.m. in the Gallery’s Lecture Hall.

The Art of this Land works are changed every two years, and the second phase includes almost 80 works from the Gallery’s permanent collection as well as from other institutions, including an impressive assemblage of 21 pieces on loan from the British Museum. These will be installed in the coming days.

In honour of the National Gallery of Canada’s 125th anniversary this year, the British Museum’s loan includes several pieces from the collection of the Marquess of Lorne, Sir John Douglas Sutherland Campbell. The Marquess of Lorne was Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883, founder of the National Gallery, and Queen Victoria’s son-in-law.

Art of this Land provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to view beautiful, older pieces that would not normally be shown outside of England, says Denise Leclerc, Associate curator of Canadian Art at the National Gallery.

"The loan contains prestigious and strong pieces that illustrate the great variety of shapes and forms among Aboriginal art," Leclerc says. "The majority of these objects have already been studied from an anthropological and ethnographical point of view. Now the aesthetics can be appreciated while obtaining a more complete picture of the place Aboriginal pieces holds within Canadian art history."

Jonathan King, Curator of North American Collections at the British Museum, will be available to speak to media before and after his lecture on Friday 8 April. The majority of the works will be installed by then. If you would like to schedule an interview, please contact Anouk Hoedeman at (613) 990-6835, (613) 761-0321, or ahoedeman@gallery.ca.
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