Visitors can take advantage of the extended display of the new Canadian
art exhibition Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012, view the stunning film A Journey That Wasn't by artist Pierre Huyghe, embark on a special winter tour of the
national collection, and join in a variety of other activities for the
From February 1 to 18, 2013
OTTAWA, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Today the National Gallery of Canada (NGC)
announced its Winterlude 2013 programming. To mark the occasion, the
NGC has extended Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012 until February 18. Builders is a major exhibition of new Canadian art that showcases more than 100 engaging works acquired by the National
Gallery of Canada over the past two years. Also featured is the
captivating film A Journey That Wasn't by artist Pierre Huyghe. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity
to explore artwork from the NGC collection through the self-guided Not Just Another Winter Tour, created exclusively for Winterlude. Finally, the highly popular Artissimo kiosk will feature a rich variety of winter-themed family activities.
For complete information on programming, visit www.gallery.ca/winterlude.
"The Gallery's Winterlude activities were a resounding success last
year," said NGC director Marc Mayer, "so we are pleased to team up once
again with the National Capital Commission and invite everyone to warm
up inside the Gallery and admire the wonders in their national
collection. There will also be plenty of surprises."
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
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.
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.
Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012: Adults: $15. Seniors and full-time students: $12. Youth (12-19): $7.
Families (two adults and three children): $30. Admission is free of
charge for children under 12 and for Friends of the Gallery. This
includes admission to the NGC Collection.
To mark Ontario Family Day, on Monday, February 18, the Gallery is
offering a 2-for-1 discount on audioguide rentals. For more
information, call 613-998-8888 or go to gallery.ca.
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.
Open at noon on Remembrance Day (November 11). Open from December 26 to
31. Closed on December 25 and January 1.
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: www.gallery.ca.
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