On Labour Day I paid a visit to the National Gallery of Canada to take in a temporary exhibit and see the permanent collection. Louise Bourgeois had a recurring theme in her sculptures, as giant spiders can be found at institutions around the world. This is one of the bronze castings of Maman. It stands near the main entrance of the Gallery, which is housed in a glass and granite building opened in 1988. The history of the institution dates back to 1880.
A long ramp leads up from the main entrance to the exhibit spaces.
I was here to see the Gauguin portraits exhibit. This marked the first time any institution mounted an exhibit of his portraits, and the idea went back several years. The guest curator for the exhibit had been here to curate a Van Gogh exhibit, saw a Gauguin bust in the Gallery's collection, and the proposal for this grew out of that.
This view looks down a corridor from the glass tower area.
And this looks out from the glass tower towards Major's Hill Park across the street, and Parliament Hill in the background.
It was time to go inside. Bonjour, Monsieur Gauguin is an 1889 self portrait that refers to an 1854 self portrait by Gustave Courbet. Here the artist portrays himself in a melancholic mood.
Self Portrait With Idol dates circa 1893.
This is the bust that gave inspiration to the exhibit, and is part of the National Gallery's collection. Portrait Of Meijer de Haan is a wooden bust of a friend and fellow artist who appeared often in Gauguin's work.
I wanted the odd wider shot of the space, which was busier than this might suggest. More from here tomorrow.