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

2011-2012 National Gallery exhibition program to take visitors on a journey from the 17th to the 21st centuries

Ottawa - February 9, 2011

A Canadian exclusive this summer—
Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome

This year, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) completes its series of three exceptional exhibitions of Italian art with its summer presentation of Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome; celebrates the achievements of the Governor General Award recipients; pays homage to the internationally-acclaimed career of Louise Bourgeois; shines the light on the groundbreaking work of leading Canadian and international contemporary artists; and continues its tradition of showcasing the treasures of the national collections.

"We are thrilled to be bringing major works by Caravaggio and his famous followers to Canada this summer," said NGC Director and CEO Marc Mayer. “Not only is the National Gallery the only Canadian venue for this ambitious project, it's actually the first time a Caravaggio show has ever been organized here. We are equally excited about the themed exhibitions we have in store, highlighting Canada's magnificent national art collection, as well as the solo exhibitions of work by some of the exceptional Canadian and international artists who are defining our time."

The 2011-2012 NGC exhibition program is featured below, in chronological order:

19th-Century British Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada
February 4 – April 17, 2011

Prints, Drawings and Photographs Galleries
Focusing on the NGC’s important collection of 19th-century British photographs, this exhibition includes more than 100 superb works, from images made by William Henry Fox Talbot, close in time to the birth of photography in 1839, to the sophisticated architectural studies made by Frederick H. Evans at the beginning of the 20th century. This is the third in a series of five exhibitions that bring the immense richness of the NGC’s photographs collection to the public eye. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, the exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue.

Roxy Paine
February 12 – March 27, 2011

Contemporary Galleries (B109)
Roxy Paine’s name became headline news last year when the NGC announced the acquisition of One Hundred Foot Line (2010), the tallest of the artist’s series of stainless steel tree-like sculptures known as “Dendroids.” Thanks to a partnership between the NGC and the National Capital Commission, One Hundred Foot Line is now on permanent display outside the NGC, on the grounds of Nepean Point. To officially inaugurate this major public art project and provide a broader introduction to Paine’s work, the NGC presents a series of projects by this critically-acclaimed American artist created over the past decade. Included is PMU [Painting Manufacture Unit] (1999-2000), an innovative and complex mechanical art-making machine that dispenses paint every hour to produce an abstract painting every four weeks. It’s a show to see more than once to experience its full effect. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

Wanda Koop: On the Edge of Experience
February 18 – May 15, 2011

Contemporary Galleries (B102, B103, B104 and B108)
For almost three decades, Winnipeg artist Wanda Koop has produced an overwhelming body of work to critique technology and its impact on nature. This exhibition presents a comprehensive survey of her impressive career. Included are Koop’s large-scale signature paintings and single-channel video works, a recreation of two of her elaborate installations from 1987-88 and 2000, as well as a fascinating display of images that document her creative process. Up to 50 works will be on view. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the exhibition is supported by a full colour catalogue. gallery.ca/koop

Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2011
March 25 – June 19, 2011
Contemporary Galleries (B107)
The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts celebrate the career achievements of Canada’s finest artists, acknowledging excellence in the visual and media arts. This exhibition, which includes selected works from the NGC’s collection produced by the 2011 recipients, is organized by the National Gallery of Canada, in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada.

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010)
April 21, 2011 – June 3, 2012

Contemporary Galleries (B105 and B109)
Louise Bourgeois's monumental spider on the NGC’s outdoor Plaza, Maman (1999, cast 2003) is one of the artist's most-recognized public art sculptures and has become an Ottawa landmark. Born in France, Bourgeois spent most of her life in New York City. Drawing form the NGC’s collection as well as loans from the estate of the artist, this installation pays homage to the remarkable career of one the world’s most-celebrated contemporary artists. Included are works from her very first New York exhibition in 1949, as well as the NGC’s recent acquisition Cell (The Last Climb) (2008), the last of the more than 20 large-scale cell sculptures Bourgeois produced.

Theatre and the Circus in the Art of Laura Knight
May 13 – August 21, 2011

Prints, Drawings and Photographs Galleries
British painter-turned-printmaker Laura Knight (1877-1970) portrays her subject matter—ranging from the circus to cabarets and ballet—with a deeply compassionate vision. The 70 works in this exhibition include a selection from Watteau to Chagall that examines the relationship between performance and spectator. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada. Made possible thanks to the gift of Laura Knight works made by G. Fredric Bolling and Valerie A. Withington through the Council for Canadian American Relations.

The Study of Hands
May 13 – August 21, 2011
Prints, Drawings and Photographs Galleries
Hands have been used as a subject of study by many artists and in countless ways. This installation drawn from the NGC’s collection comprises over 60 works of art, including photographs, prints, drawings, painting by Canadian and international artists. Highlights include works by Frank Carmichael, M.C. Escher, Loni Leibermann, Lisette Model, August Sander, Gary Schneider, Joyce Wieland and the School of Giulio Romano. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

Fred Herzog: Street Photography
June 4 – September 5, 2011

Contemporary Galleries (B102)
Drawn from the collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP), this installation presents the photographs of Vancouver photographer Fred Herzog. Taken mostly in the late 1950s and 1960s, the works depict Vancouver as well as sites in Banff, Victoria, and San Francisco. Herzog's images, originally taken as slides, have been digitized and reprinted as ink jet prints. Through these recent technologies, he has captured not only the original Kodachrome “glow” of his original imagery, but a genuine sense of the times. Close to 30 works on view. Organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Spaces of the City
June 4 – September 5, 2011

Contemporary Galleries (B103)
In this installation, visitors will discover the works of photographers in the collection of the CMCP who have approached the urban landscape through the colour photograph. The varied ways photographers have handled the subject of the city, from the new topographics approach to depictions that consider the urban space as theatre, are examined. Different colour media are displayed, including cibachromes, ink jet prints, and chromogenic prints. Organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome
June 17 – September 11, 2011

Special Exhibitions Galleries
This major international loan exhibition of approximately 60 works brings the genius of Caravaggio to Canada for the first time. Showing exclusively in Canada at the NGC in Ottawa, the exhibition offers a rare opportunity to explore his unique style, provocative character, and his profound influence on some of the most significant European artists of the Baroque period including Simon Vouet, Peter Paul Rubens and Orazio Gentileschi. Within the thematic display, Caravaggio’s compelling compositions and subject matter are juxtaposed against the work of those he inspired. Accompanied by a Bell audioguide, a fully-illustrated catalogue and a wide range of public activities. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. gallery.ca/caravaggio

Made in America 1900-1950. Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada
September 30, 2011 – January 2, 2012

Prints, Drawings and Photographs Galleries
Composed of just over 100 photographs, this exhibition celebrates the exceptional contribution that American photographers made to the history of art in the 20th century. Made from 1900-1950, these photographs represent an extraordinary fertile period in photography’s evolution. A vocabulary for the critiquing of photographic images was developed to an unprecedented level of complexity and eloquence; the pros and cons of the medium fiercely debated and huge technical and technological strides made. It includes stunning works by Edward Steichen, Clarence White, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange, Berenice Abbott, Lisette Model, Weegee and the members of New York’s Photo League. The exhibition is the fourth in a series that highlight the strengths of the NGC’s world-class collection of international photographs. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

David Askevold : Once Upon A Time In The East
October 7, 2011 – January 29, 2012

Contemporary Galleries (B102, B103 and B104)
Throughout his career David Askevold (1940-2008) was an artist who rarely trod the beaten path. His approach to art making was one that embraced experimentation, ambiguity, subjectivity, the unexpected and the arcane. The playful complexity of his work often defies easy closure or interpretation and opens up the possibility of finding meaning in art in new or unanticipated ways. Recognized as an important contributor to the development and pedagogy of conceptual art, Askevold’s work has been included in many of the genre’s seminal exhibitions and texts. As a teacher, Askevold made influential contributions to academic institutions across North America most notably in California and Halifax, Nova Scotia. This full-career retrospective exhibition considers the four strains of Askevold’s exploratory journey – sculpture/installation, film and video, photo-text works, and digital images and includes key pieces from each stage of his career. Organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia with the support of the Museums Assistance Program (MAP), Department of Canadian Heritage.

Drawn to Art: French Artists and Art Lovers in 18th-Century Rome
October 21, 2011 – January 2, 2012

Special Exhibitions Galleries
In the 18th century, Rome was the principal crossroads for the European community and an important source of influence for French artists who rose to prominence in the Eternal City. This exhibition highlights the flowering of French art in 18th-century Rome, focusing on some 100 works. Visitors will have the opportunity to view an exceptional selection of drawings and prints as well as a number of paintings by many important French artists of the period, including Hubert Robert, Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Jacques-Louis David. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

Clash: Conflict And Its Consequences
February 24 – May 6, 2012

Contemporary Galleries (B102 and B103)
This installation draws upon works in the CMCP collection to present war and conflict as complex phenomena—ones that have far reaching consequences for both those directly engaged in it, and those at various points of remove. Moving beyond depictions of the spectacle of battle, the installation shows the photographer’s experiences, as well as that of the victims. In addition, the legacy of battles and conflicts, such as landmines, are also shown. Central to this exhibition is photography’s relation to trauma and remembrance, at a personal, communal and national level, and issues of what constitutes history, for whom and why. Organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art, including the extensive collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. To do so, it maintains the largest touring art exhibition programme in the world. For more information, visit gallery.ca.

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