National Gallery to treat visitors to a playful and interactive
installation by British artist Martin Creed
OTTAWA, Feb. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The interactive installation Work No. 202: Half the Air in a Given Space by British Turner-prize winning artist Martin Creed has been added to
the program for Winterlude at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC).
Other activities include the contemporary Canadian art exhibition Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012, on display until February 18, and the stunning video installation A Journey That Wasn't by French artist Pierre Huyghe. Visitors can also explore the artworks
in the Gallery's collection with the self-guided tour Not Just Another Winter Tour, or take part in family-friendly activities at the Artissimo kiosk. To mark Ontario Family Day, the Gallery will be open on Monday,
February 18, and will be offering a discount on family admission and
audioguide rentals. For complete information on programming, visit gallery.ca/winterlude.
Make your way through a balloon-filled room
One room, thousands of balloons: Work No. 202 exemplifies Martin Creed's career-long investigation into how we
physically experience everyday life. In this installation, the artist
gives form to the air that surrounds us by precisely measuring and
capturing half of it inside nearly twenty thousand black balloons.
Creating an environment that is both playful and claustrophobic, he
drastically alters our perception of space. Visitors are invited inside
Gallery B108, where they can work their way through the sea of
balloons. Here, as in the majority of his production, Creed uses the
art museum, a site of meaningful contemplation, to turn our experience
of the ordinary into a work of art. Access to the installation space is
subject to certain conditions. Restrictions may apply.
New Canadian art at its finest
The exhibition Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012 has been extended to February 18. Builders highlights more than 100 exceptional artworks by different generations
of artists — emergent, mid-career and established "senior" artists
alike. What makes this exhibition even more special is that visitors
can share their thoughts on the works on Twitter. The Gallery has even
equipped its Special Exhibitions Galleries with Wi-Fi access for the
first time ever, hoping to encourage sharing and discussion. Visitors
can also learn more about some of the artists by watching artist
interviews on iPads set up inside the exhibition. Builders is a must-see for anyone who wants to experience the best of new
Blending fact and fiction through film
A Journey That Wasn't is a fascinating 25-minute colour film by internationally renowned
French artist Pierre Huyghe. The artist's work navigates between fact
and fiction, proposing that reality is so unbelievable that "to tell it
the right way, you must tell it as a fiction." In A Journey That Wasn't, Huyghe merges two events of his creation: an Antarctic expedition in
search of an albino creature rumoured to exist on an uncharted island
exposed by receding ice, and a re-enactment of that voyage as an
elaborate concert and lightshow in Central Park in October 2005. Part
nature documentary, part science-fiction movie, and part musical, the
resulting cinematic experience shifts between the exploration of
sublime terrain and orchestrated spectacle, leaving us to decide
whether, as the title suggests, the journey even happened.
Winter tour of the collection
The new self-guided Not Just Another Winter Tour invites visitors to explore the Gallery's collection, focusing on winter
landscapes, animals of the ice and snow, and other innovative works
that will surprise and delight. Come discover or rediscover several
works by well-known artists such as Krieghoff, Colville and Akpaliapik.
Artissimo for families
Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, February 18, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Families will enjoy exploring the artworks in the Gallery's collection
in fun ways, then using their experience as inspiration for art-making.
Children can take on an adventure with one of the Art Buddies, detailed replicas of figures in the paintings. They can also put on a Who Am I? costume before they go find the artwork with the person wearing the
same thing and imagine how they lived. They may also challenge their
sense of touch with the Feely Box experience. Love building? An impressive assortment of wooden blocks is
made available to parents and kids so they can make their own Super Structure inspired by the building's architecture. Artissimo is for children ages 3 and up, accompanied by an adult.
Ontario Family Day discounts
To mark Ontario Family Day, the Gallery is offering $20 off Family
Memberships. Enjoy free unlimited admission to the permanent collection
and all special exhibitions at the Gallery for one full year. This
discount is valid on all Family Memberships (new memberships, gift
memberships and renewals) purchased in person, by phone and online on
Monday, February 18, 2013. A Family Membership to the Gallery comes with plenty of other benefits as well.
To mark Ontario Family Day, on Monday, February 18, the Gallery is offering a 2-for-1 discount on audioguide rentals.
Collection Highlights in 5 languages. The audioguide series includes:
Verbal Descriptions Tour
Mandarin Language Tour with Dashan
Canadian History Tour with Charlotte Gray
Fashion and Textiles in Art Tour with Alexandra Palmer
Plants and Gardens Tour with Sharilyn J. Ingram
Collection: Adults: $9. Seniors and full-time students: $7. Youth (12-19): $4.
Families (two adults and three children): $18. Admission is free of
charge for children under 12 and for Friends of the Gallery.
The Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed on Monday.
About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections
of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains
Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st
centuries, 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 an
extensive touring art exhibition program. For more information: gallery.ca.
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