Opened in 1988, the new Gallery was first formed in 1880. Several moves later and viola. The focus is on Canadian artist but there are plenty of others included. Maman is the huge bronze steel sculpture out in front that was done in 1999 by Louise Bourgeois in honor of her mother who like the spider was a weaver besides being clever and protective “just like my mother”. One of the more controversial pieces inside the Gallery is Barnett Newman’s Voice of Fire. One of the jokes goes that it took several years before it was discovered that the painting was hung upside down.
My visit was a bit disappointing because so much of the museum was close for renovation or changing exhibits(Sep 2016). None the less if completely open this would have been an impressive ranging from European masters, to local Canadian and inuit art.
Recently,I devoted a day to enjoy this large art museum's splendid array of Old Master European paintings from the Late Medieval Period(paintings by Simon Martini and Ugolino Di Nerio)up to the 18th Century(paintings by Pietro Rotari and Giusseppe Maria Crespi) Personal favorites that day were ,Ugolino di Nerio's"Saint Anne and The Virgin Child"Jacopo Di Cione's"Triptych Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints",Lippo Benevieni's"Saint John the Evangelist".Benozzo Gozzoli's"Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints Gregory and John".Bartolomeo Montagna's"Saint Jerome in Penitence",Hans Baldung's"Eve,Serpent,and Devil(,Cornelis Haarlem's"Mirror of Time",Mattia Preti's"Feast of Absalom",Rembrandt's"Tribute Money".Meindert Hobbema's"2 Watermills",and Giusseppe Maria Crespi's"Allegory of Arts".At this art museum,the works of Art are arranged in a very appealing manner and there were excellent explanations of the works of Art in English and in French.The ten dollars that I spent for admission was a true bargain.I plan to return and savor more works of Art there.
This is about my visits to the Inuit Gallery which is on the Ground level but has to be accesses from the Great Hall, which is reached after your Admission Fee has been paid, and one is permitted to enter from the entrance hall alongside the "Spider" and opposite the Notre Dame Cathedral on Sussex. A long ramp up to level 1wherel the soaring glass wall on the left from which one sees the Majors Hill park with adjoining buildings, sunken garden etc.
From the Great Hall, one looking South West sees the Parliament Library, backed by the Main Block, Peace towers, especially colourful in the Fall- Sept - October time span.
other Parliamentary Buildings, Being with John the Docent, we sued the elevator/lift to get back to Ground floor, the glass door entry to the Inuit Gallery was the large Caribou horn , intricately and finely carved by Jacoposie Oopakak#B Birth nameBorn Canada: Northwest Territories, Cumberland Sound, Oopingnivik.
the gallery has separate interflowing sections artifacts, under different categories, more detail to come after my next visit
The Gallery was first formed in 1880 by Canada's Governor General John Douglas Sutherland Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, and, in 1882, moved into its first home on Parliament Hill in the same building as the Supreme Court.The museum moved into its current building on Sussex Drive in 1988, beside Nepean Point. The Gallery is now housed in a glass and granite building on Sussex Drive with a notable view of the Canadian Parliament buildings on Parliament Hill. The building was designed by Moshe Safdie and opened in 1988. The Gallery's former director Jean Sutherland Boggs was chosen especially by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to oversee construction of the national gallery and museums. In 2000, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada chose the National Gallery as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium.
The museum features Canadian, Native and Inuit art, American and European painting, sculpture, prints and drawings, modern and contemporary art and photographs. The largest work in the Gallery is the entire interior of the Rideau Street Chapel, which formed part of the Convent of Our Lady Sacred Heart. The interior decorations of the Rideau Street Chapel were designed by Georges Couillon in 1887. After the convent was demolished in 1972, the chapel was dismantled, stored and reconstructed within the gallery as a work of art in 1988. We loved the Louise Bourgeois' Maman spider standing outside the National Gallery of Canada's main entrance
At the National Gallery of Canada is the world´s largest Canadian collection of art. What I didn´t know, but read up on later, is that 1.200 art works are distplayed on rotation, so that every time you visit you see different work of art.
Here are iconic pieces by Tom Thomson on display.
Then there are special exhibitons, and when I visited there was a Van Gogh Up close exhibition. I visited on a Thursday afternoon, when there is free admittance, but people were lined up for the Van Gogh exhibition, which one had to buy tickets for.
Photos of the galleries are not allowed - and there is a very small sign on the doors leading to the galleries. I entered with a group of people and didn´t see the sign. So I took some photos. And I was of course approached by a very shocked guard. I kept running into him during my visit of the Gallery and he sent me the evil eye. PUT UP A BIGGER SIGN! There are many galleries which allow photos. I would not visit this gallery again, there were so many guards there that it felt like we weren´t visitors there, but had come to do some harm, sorry to say this as this is not how I feel about Canadians - quite the opposite counts.
The building was designed by Moshe Safdie.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00-17:00, Thursday: 10:00-20:00 - on Thursdays there is free entrance from 17:00-20:00.
Entrance fee: CAD 9 for adults.
The National Gallery of Canada is arguably the best art gallery in Canada and certainly one of the most important galleries in all of North America. Naturally Canadian art is well represented with David Milne, Emily Carr, Tom Thomson and the Group Of Seven being exhibited in strength. However what for me makes the National Gallery superior to the other galleries in Canada is the strong Modern Collection. Artist like Klee, Klimt, Leger, and Braque are well represented here with some of their best works. On the day I last visited the The National Gallery of Canada it was attacked by a giant spider. Actually this is a cool spider that is located near the entrance.
The National Gallery of Canada designed by architect Safdie and opened in 1988 it is the home of Canada's exceptional art collection.
1 May to 30 Sept.: Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, to 8 pm on Thursday
1 Oct. to 30 Apr.: Open Wednesday from 10 am to 5 pm, to 8 pm on Thursday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Exceptions: Open Thanksgiving Monday, Remembrance Day starting at noon, 26-31 Dec., during the March Break (Ontario and Quebec), and Easter Monday. Closed 25 Dec., 1st Jan. and Good Friday.
Pictures inside are not allowed.
Permanent collection: Adults $9, Seniors and students $7, Youths (12-19 years) $4, Family (2 adults, 3 youths) $18.
Oct. 1 to Apr. 30, English and French tours are offered Wednesday to Sunday at 2 pm, and at 11 am and 2 pm from May 1 to Sept. 30.
If you are an art lover visit the National Art Gallery.
You cannot miss this modern looking building.
May 1 – September 30
Daily: 10AM - 5PM (Thursday to 8PM)
October 1 – April 30
Tu-Su: 10AM - 5PM (Thursday to 8PM)
Admission: Adults CAD 9.00
Special Exhibitions: CAD 15.00
Situated on-site, the National Gallery's underground parking garage; CADS 2.50 per half-hour, up to a maximum daily charge of CAD 12.00.
The maman or the big spider sculpture is becoming one of Ottawa's newest landmarks.
If you suffer from aragnaphobia this is a place to avoid; if not, tour around the sculture made by Louise Bourgeois.
The spider measures 9.27 metre (30-foot), weighs 8,165 kg (or 18,000 lbs) and carries a sac of 20 pure white marble eggs under her belly.
This sculpture is a bronze cast of the stainless steel version that is exhibit at the Tate Modern in London London
Other bronze copies can be found at:
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri USA
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
Mori Art Museum, Roppongi, Tokyo
Samsung Museum of Modern Art (Leeum), Seoul, South Korea
Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France
Hirshhorn Gallery and Sculpture Garden Washington, D.C. USA
Des Moines, Iowa USA
It is located at the side of the The National Gallery.
Canada's National Art Gallery here in Ottawa takes great pride in its status as the custodian of the nation's art treasures and the modern gallery built to house them certainly is an impressive edifice. The concrete and glass structure occupies 3 floors and was officially opened on 21st May 1988
The permanent collection occupies about 40 exhibition rooms on the 1st and 2nd floors with most of the 1st floor dedicated to Canadian works arranged relatively chronologically beginning with early Aboriginal art. Also on level 1 is the area dedicated to special exhibitions from all over the world as well as to showcase those assembled within Canada for export tours.
Level 2 holds exhibits of pretty much everything else the Gallery has amassed over its century and a quarter or so of existence. There is a room dedicated to Asian works, several rooms exemplifying various stages in the development of European mainstream art, including some significant impresionists, and a couple of rooms containing contemporary pieces.
Opening times vary slightly between summer and winter, admission to the permanent collection is (as of Jan 2009) $9, with supplements for the special exhibitions but as with most of the other Ottawa Museums and Galleries admission is free after 5 pm on Thursdays when the gallery also remains open until 8 pm.
Website below has all the other info required.
This is a museum that you should visit even if you are not a follower of the Arts. The building is worth the visit, the art is a bonus. From the grounds you also obtain beautiful views of the river and city.