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National Gallery of Canada  Visit the world of Paul Klee, one of the greatest artists and visionaries of the 20th century. #PlayInKlee until March 17, 2019. Français : @MBACanada

“I was saddened to hear of Joe Fafard’s passing – he is an important figure in Canadian art, and I was privileged to have the chance to work with him on several occasions, most recently when he came to Ottawa to oversee the reinstallation of his impressive and beloved work Running Horses in front of the National Gallery. Fafard’s unique vision is rooted in his personal history and commitment to working in Saskatchewan, and this is reflected in the sculptures he created. His portraits of people and animals are imbued with a real sense of personality. By revisiting familiar subjects – like horses – he continued experimenting with materials and searching for new meaning. He will be greatly missed.” —Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada

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Say goodbye to Big Lonely Doug, the augmented reality Douglas fir tree installation created for Anthropocene. Watch it being installed in this timelapse video. Then, come see it in person, one last time in Ottawa, until February 24, 2019.

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Meet artist Kosisochukwu Nnebe and try making self-portraits on acetate surfaces, February 21, from 6 to 8 pm, during #BlackHistoryMonth⁠⁠. At this special Creative Thursday, staff from event sponsor @DeSerres will also be offering coupons, product demos and an opportunity to win a $50 gift card.

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Welcome Alexandra “Sasha” Suda! “It is a great privilege to lead the National Gallery of Canada. A thrilling adventure awaits us – one that builds on a rich tradition, a world-class collection, and the dedication of the institution’s incredible staff. Human creativity is mankind’s most powerful and sustainable resource – without it we do not stand a chance negotiating the present, let alone creating a future that we cannot see. Artists are the greatest reminder that the human imagination is limitless; art museums ensure that their ideas and perspectives are cared for and amplified for years to come.” She will officially start as the new Director and CEO April 18, 2019.

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Can you feel yourself moving backwards and forwards at once? Filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas De Pencier, who collaborated with Edward Burtynsky, made this video by strapping a RED Epic camera to the front of a high-speed train under the Swiss Alps. At 57 km, Gotthard Base Tunnel is the world’s longest railway tunnel.

Anthropocene, the exhibition, continues in Ottawa until February 24, 2019.

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“I’m leaving the Gallery, but the Gallery isn’t leaving me.” National Gallery of Canada staff and volunteers say goodbye to Director Marc Mayer with a #MuseumSelfie on #MuseumSelfieDay2019 (Ok technically it’s a #MuseumPano so that we could include as many people as possible!) En français @mbacanada

Currently closed for annual maintenance, the National Gallery of Canada reopens January 12, 2019, with the Ottawa edition of the #anthropoceneproject exhibition back on view until February 24, 2019.

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Last chance to admire the #NGCTree, on view until January 6, 2019. And last Thursday before we close for a week, January 7–11, 2019. Special exhibitions are currently included in General Admission, which means you can visit Paul Klee, Anthropocene, the Sobey Art Award Exhibition, Halifax Harbour 1918, Althea Thauberger, and Oscar G. Rejlander for free after 5 pm.

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New Year, new acquisition: James Tissot’s The Partie Carrée (1870) ranks among the most refined and ambitious works from his first Paris period. Come find it on view in the European and American Galleries of the National Gallery of Canada. Cheers! #HappyNewYear2019⁠

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Leave the hustle behind and find some peace of mind this holiday season. Catch up with friends and family or enjoy quiet time on your own at the National Gallery of Canada.
Holiday Hours:
• Open every day December 26 to 31, 2018 and January 2, 2019
• Closed December 24–25, 2018 and January 1, 2019. #HappyHolidays

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Emily Carr was born 147 years ago, today. An accomplished artist and author, she wrote in her autobiography Growing Pains (1946): "Indian Art broadened my seeing, loosened the formal tightness I had learned in England's schools. Its bigness and stark reality baffled my white man's understanding ... I had been schooled to see outsides only, not struggle to pierce." Français @mbacanada

What’s your favourite part of the #NGCTree Lighting? Is it the countdown, the @viarailcanada mini 🚂? Hot chocolate and cookies or making art? Performances by Stellae Borealis and Odyssey Showcase?

Tag your photos to let us know!

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