Explore the Canadian art collection thanks to a variety of fun
activities and installations for the whole family
OTTAWA, Dec. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Once again this winter, the National
Gallery of Canada (NGC) will be hosting fun and entertaining activities
during Winterlude 2014. From January 31 to February 17, 2014, visitors
of all ages, including families, are invited to warm up inside the
Gallery, visit Storytelling—an installation of contemporary video-based works—, watch the acclaimed
video The Way Things Go and hear Canadian artist Janet Cardiff's famous and much-loved work Forty-Part Motet. Visitors can also explore the national collection by taking part in a
variety of fun, family-friendly activities at Artissimo, going on a self-guided tour, or listening to one of the many digital
audioguides designed to help you discover the stories behind some of
the key works in the collection. The Gallery also has something special
planned for Ontario Family Day on Monday, February 17. For the complete
list of activities, visit gallery.ca. These activities are included in the Gallery admission fee. Free for
children under 12.
Storytelling is the subject of a new installation of contemporary video-based works
at the National Gallery. Four Canadian artists—Althea Thauberger, Zin
Taylor, Isabelle Pauwels and Corin Sworn—explore literature, folktales,
legends and family stories, reshaping them to present new versions. In
the process, they take us to a number of faraway places: the Fassa
Valley in Northern Italy; the Scottish Highlands; the Belgian-occupied
Congo; and London, England. Each video is presented alongside
constructed artifacts and production stills that suggest alternative
ways of seeing or interpreting. On view in contemporary art galleries
B102, B103, and B104.
Fischli & Weiss: The Way Things Go
The NGC presents The Way Things Go (1987). Drawing crowds wherever it is exhibited, the highly acclaimed
30-minute recording of a spectacular chain reaction of household and
industrial objects was created by the Swiss artists Peter Fischli and
the late David Weiss. Presented here as part of How Things Go (1985-87), a video installation acquired by the Gallery in 2009, The Way Things Go features alongside two lesser-known films by the artists that recount
the often outlandish and improbable sequences of mechanical, chemical
and material reactions they presented in their classic 1987 production.
On view in contemporary art gallery B106.
Janet Cardiff, Forty-Part Motet
The publicly and critically acclaimed installation Forty-Part Motet will be back on display at the NGC. This brilliant sound sculpture by
Canadian artist Janet Cardiff is a reworking of Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis, a 16th-century English composer. Forty
separately-recorded choir voices are played back through 40 speakers
positioned inside the NGC's Rideau Chapel.
Artissimo: Fun family activities
From 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Ontario
Family Day, Monday, February 17, 2014, until 4:30 p.m. Join other
families in making a massive fabric copy of Lawren Harris's painting North Shore, Baffin Island II, an icy masterpiece from the Gallery's Canadian collection. Families
will also have great fun in getting creative and making a person,
animal, building or tree to add to the giant collaborative mural A Wintry World. Add your part and join other families as you create a giant picture
for the Artissimo Gallery wall. Go on an adventure with one of the Art Buddies. These soft figures are detailed replicas of people in the paintings.
It's a voyage of discovery as you carry your Art Buddy through the
Gallery, find the painting they live in, and learn about your Buddy and
the artist behind the work. Artissimo is for children ages 3 and up, accompanied by an adult.
Not Just Another Winter Tour: A wintry journey through the collection
The self-guided tour Not Just Another Winter Tour is back and 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 Duchamp.
National Gallery of Canada audio tours open doors to art. Experts inside
and outside the art world share their insights in focussed theme tours
for adults. Storytelling and conversation animate the tour for
children. A special tour for Mandarin-speakers is narrated by Dashan,
Canadian Mark Rowswell, who has been called "the most famous foreigner
in China". German- and Spanish-speakers can enjoy a collection
highlights tour. And, verbal descriptions bring artworks to life for
people who are blind or partially sighted. New this year: a tour by NGC
director Marc Mayer, who will be sharing his thoughts and comments on
Family Day: Artissimo, a show and some hot chocolate!
To celebrate Ontario Family Day on Monday, February 17, the Gallery will
be offering a series of special activities for the whole family. Come
and watch Junkyard Symphony perform their percussion, acrobatics and comedy show. Sip comforting hot
chocolate in the afternoon and take part in Artissimo activities. In addition, take this special opportunity to purchase or
renew an annual family membership at a $20 discount. This discount is
available exclusively for new memberships, gift memberships and
renewals for families, purchased in person, by telephone or online on
Monday, February 17, 2014. Annual family memberships give members and
their family free unlimited access to the collection and special
Tickets: $12 (adults); $10 (seniors and full-time students); $6 (youth
aged 12 to 19); $24 (families of two adults and three youth). Admission
is free for children under the age of 12 and for Members. For more
information, call 613-998-8888 or visit gallery.ca.
The NGC is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays
until 8 p.m. Closed Mondays. Open on Monday, February 17, 2014, from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. for Ontario Family Day. For more information, call
613-990-1985 or 1-800-319-ARTS.
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
century, 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 programme. For more information: gallery.ca.
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