During this year of celebration it should come as no surprise that Ottawa is upping its game and a lot has been going on at the National Gallery. First, the Canadian, Indigenous and Canadian photographic galleries have been renovated and reorganized in a bid to make the viewing experience a more fluid one. The idea has been to integrate all three to provide both sides of the picture, both Indigenous and settler.
The entire shebang has been put together under the rubric of Our Masterpieces, Our Stories and will open on June 15th and will feature almost 1000 works of art. For the sesquicentennial the Canadian and Indigenous galleries will begin with art from 2,000 years ago ends with abstract painting in the 1960s. In other galleries the museum will be showcasing Canadian and Indigenous art from 1968 to the present. The Canadian Photography Institute, a division o the National Gallery will also be mounting an exhibit of Canadian photography from 1968 to the present.
Well, if you ever wanted a crash course on all the glories of Canadian art you now know where to go.