Opening June 15th: Canadian and Indigenous Galleries at the National Gallery of Canada
On June 15th, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) is set to open a new gallery, to be unveiled after years of planning and months of construction.
The new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries features around 800 works of art – photographs, videos, loans of historical Indigenous sculptures and objects by Inuit, Métis, and First Nation Artists, and art from the NGC’s own collection.
Museum design firm Studio Adrien Gardère reconfigured the galleries, the first major transformation at the NGC since 1988. The galleries now feature accessibility standards, custom-made display cases, and museum LED lighting technology that aim to create an appealing visitor experience.
NGC director and CEO Marc Mayer said the galleries “provide the ideal setting to tell a more complete story of artmaking in this land, which dates back thousands of years.”
“By the time the National Gallery was founded in 1880, the country was emerging as home to a rich mosaic of artistic practice. We worked closely with partner institutions and Indigenous communities to create a meaningful display, representative of Canada’s unique diversity and heritage,” he said.
To mark the public opening of the new gallery, the NGC is offering free admission from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm. Visitors to the new galleries can view masterpieces of Canadian and Indigenous art.
Visitors can enjoy hourly performances in the Great Hall, by Music and Beyond, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Ottawa Wind Ensemble, Musica Viva Singers, and Ottawa Suzuki Strings. Ten-minute docent’s choice talks will also be offered from 11 am to 8 pm.