National Gallery of Canada
|Location||380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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.
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. In 1911, the Gallery moved to the Victoria Memorial Museum, now the home of the Canadian Museum of Nature. In 1913, the first National Gallery Act was passed outlining the Gallery's mandate and resources. In 1962, the Gallery moved to the Lorne Building site, a rather nondescript office building on Elgin Street. Adjacent to the British High Commission, the building has since been demolished for a 17-storey office building that is to house the Federal Finance Department. The museum moved into its current building on Sussex Drive in 1988, beside Nepean Point.
In 1985, the newly created Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP), formerly the Stills Photography Division of the National Film Board of Canada, was affiliated to the National Gallery. The CMCP's mandate, collection and staff moved to its new location in 1992, at 1 Rideau Canal, next to the Château Laurier. In 1998, the CMCP's administration was amalgamated to that of the National Gallery's.
The Gallery has a large and varied collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs. Although its focus is on Canadian art, it holds works by many noted American and European artists. It has a strong contemporary art collection with some of Andy Warhol's most famous works. In 1990 the Gallery bought Barnett Newman's Voice of Fire for $1.8 million, igniting a storm of controversy. Since that time its value has appreciated sharply. In 2005, the Gallery acquired a painting by Italian Renaissance painter Francesco Salviati for $4.5 million. Its most famous painting is likely The Death of General Wolfe by Anglo-American artist Benjamin West.
In 2005, a sculpture of a giant spider, Louise Bourgeois's Maman, was installed in the plaza in front of the Gallery. In 2011 the gallery installed Canadian sculptor Joe Fafard's Running Horses next to the Sussex Drive entrance, and American artist Roxy Paine's stainless steel sculpture One Hundred Foot Line in Nepean Point behind the gallery.
The Gallery's collection has been built up through purchase and donations. Much of the collection was donated, notably the British paintings donated by former Governor General Vincent Massey and that of the Southam family.
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.
Renaissance and Mannerism
Hieronymus Bosch, The Temptation of St. Anthony, 1501–50.
Titian, Daniele Barbaro, 1545.
El Greco, St. Francis and Brother Leo Meditating on Death, c. 1600–05.
Romanticism, early 19th century
Caspar David Friedrich, Boy Sleeping on a Grave, c. 1801–03.
J. M. W. Turner, Shoeburyness Fishermen Hailing a Whitstable Hoy, c. 1809.
Eugène Delacroix, The Barque of Dante, c. 1820.
Francisco Goya, Holy Week in Spain in Times Past, c. 1825.
19th century, Post-Impressionism
Odilon Redon, The Raven, 1882.
Paul Gauguin, The Quarries of Le Chou near Pontoise, 1882.
Vincent van Gogh, Iris, 1890.
Gustav Klimt, Hope I, 1903.
David Milne, Vimy Ridge from Souchez, Estaminet among the Ruins, 1919.
Bill Vazan, Black Nest, 1989–91.
- Auguste Rodin, Age of Bronze, 1875–1876, cast in 1901.
- M. C. Escher, Stars, 1948.
- Barnett Newman, Voice of Fire, 1967.
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