June 15, 2017

“Canadian and Indigenous Art” opens at National Gallery

Exhibit surveys best examples of art made in Canada

In its first transformation of the Canadian galleries since opening nearly thirty years ago, the National Gallery of Canada officially opens the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. The collection is home to almost 800 Canadian and Indigenous works of art, including paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, photographs, and videos.


To mark the occasion, the gallery has launched a new exhibition titled Canadian and Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967. It features some of the best examples of art made in Canada over the past ten centuries, including works from Norval Morrisseau, Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, and Joyce Wieland. The collection brings together ancient artifacts and contemporary works in an epic remaking of Canadian art history, one that is both remarkable in its inclusivity and heartbreaking in its honest representation of Canada’s colonial past.


See the exhibition at the National Gallery from June 15 to September 4, 2017. Read more about the redesign of the gallery here.

Zacharie Vincent, Zacharie Vincent and His Son Cyprien, c. 1851, oil on canvas, 48.5 x 41.2 cm, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

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