Free access to more than fifty outstanding works and a wealth of
OTTAWA, June 5, 2014 /CNW/ - The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) is
launching tomorrow a free mobile application highlighting 52 remarkable artworks from its collection of Canadian
art. Art lovers will now be able to browse rich, exclusive content
right in the palm of their hand, with in-depth descriptions of each
work, artists' biographies, video interviews with artists, and much
more. Sponsored by Bell, the application is available on iOS or Android tablets and phones. Users can share images through e-cards, Facebook
"New technologies are helping to make the visual arts more universally
accessible. Browsing the National Gallery's Canadian art collection
with our new mobile application offers a deepened experience for our
visitors," said NGC director Marc Mayer. "Moreover, thanks to Bell,
those who are unable to enjoy these artworks in person can now access
them from wherever they are."
Featured works range from historical sculptures to modern and conceptual
paintings by a number of artists, notably Laurent Amiot, François
Baillairgé, John Boyle, Alex Colville, Greg Curnoe, Théophile Hamel,
Robert Harris, Paul Kane, Ron Martin, Daphne Odjig, Jean Paul Riopelle,
Michael Snow, Claude Tousignant, and Robert R. Whale. The "details"
feature allows users to zoom in on specific areas of each work and gain
deeper insight into the artist's ideas and methods.
Visual arts lovers can also take a behind-the-scenes look at the Gallery
through conversations with the Gallery's professional staff, and
discover a wide selection of images - including photographs of artists,
and conservation and restoration procedures - a glossary of art terms,
and maps showing locations where artists' lived, worked or had studios.
The Audio, Video, Details, Map and Share features in the application
require WiFi or Network access.
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Admission to the collection
Adults: $12. Seniors and full-time students: $10 Youth (12-19): $6.
Families (two adults and three youth): $24. Admission is free for
children under the age of 12 and for Members.
The NGC is open Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays
until 8 p.m. 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.
SOURCE: National Gallery of Canada
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