Over 110,000 visitors to the Alex Colville exhibition this summer

OTTAWA, Sept. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - The exhibition Alex Colville, which closed September 7 at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), attracted a total of 113,686 people during its run.

"We are delighted with the public's response to this exceptional exhibition. The works will now be returned to their owners, but our visitors can continue to enjoy a number of Colville's most famous works here at the National Gallery as they are part of Canada's national art collection," said NGC Director and CEO, Marc Mayer.

With more than 250 paintings, sketches, prints and drawings, the Alex Colville exhibition – organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) with the collaboration of the NGC – was the largest ever retrospective devoted to Colville, one of Canada's most celebrated artists.

This Fall, as usual, visitors to the Permanent Collection galleries will find some of Colville's 12 paintings that are part of the national collection.

The presentation in Ottawa was sponsored by Enbridge Inc. and supported by Heffel Fine Art Auction House.

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