At the National Gallery of Canada
From May 15 to August 17, 2014
OTTAWA, May 15, 2014 /CNW/ - Until August 17, the National Gallery of
Canada (NGC) presents …from the Transit Bar, by internationally renowned Canadian artist Vera Frenkel. A seminal
work of Canadian contemporary art, this installation comprises video,
sculpture, architecture, readymade material and a fully functioning
bar. Viewers are invited to experience this remarkable space out of
time and place, and to sit and share their own stories while ordering a
drink of water, scotch, whisky, vodka, or orange juice between noon and
4:30 pm from Wednesday to Sunday, and until 7:30 pm on Thursdays. They
will also be able to play on the piano in the bar. Special activities
will take place on Thursday evenings this summer. To find out more,
visit Facebook and gallery.ca.
Created in 1992 for the renowned international exhibition DOCUMENTA that
occurs every five years in Kassel, Germany, …from the Transit Bar is one of the influential Toronto-based artist's most ambitious
projects. On view in Canada for the first time in nearly two decades,
the installation recounts perennial themes in Frenkel's oeuvre related
to issues of exile, cultural migration, translation, and the
ambiguities of meaning.
Within the space of the bar, first-hand stories from individuals whose
lives have been displaced by will, and in some cases by force, are
recounted on six video monitors throughout the bar. Suitcases and
clothing have been left by patrons past; partially destroyed walls
leave the bar in unrefined delicacy. Viewers are immersed in a
transient space and time where documentary and fictional realities, the
present and the historical past, art and life, meet and sometimes
…from the Transit Bar - on view in gallery B102.
NGC Magazine, the National Gallery of Canada's online magazine is a frequently
updated source of information on the Canadian art world and the
goings-on at the National Gallery of Canada. Correspondents from
across the country provide engaging and exclusive content on historical
and contemporary art in Canada. This online magazine includes exclusive
interviews with artists. This week, the magazine features the article Meet you at the transit bar, a conversation with Jonathan Shaughnessy, Associate Curator of
Contemporary Art, and Geneviève Saulnier, Conservator, to talk about
the triumphs and challenges of re-installing …from the Transit Bar.
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of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains
Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st
century, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous
Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and
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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 programme. For more information, visit gallery.ca.
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