Thursday, September 3, 2020

A Long Overdue Visit To The Gallery

In August I paid a visit to the National Gallery of Canada, one of our national museums in the capital area. Like so much else, it had been closed down because of Covid, but in July the institution started a re-opening with the logistics of current restrictions in mind. I approached from Major's Hill Park and photographed it from here.

Then I headed towards the entrance. The artist Louise Bourgeois was known for her spiders, and Maman stands out here in full view. This is one of several castings of the sculpture, with others around the world. It stands over nine metres in height.

Inside, I headed up the long ramp to the exhibit space. Something colourful was hanging in the glass tower, which I mentioned in a post last month.

I paused to photograph out from the tower to Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court.

And then up. This installation is called Tepkik, by the Mi'kmaq artist Jordan Bennett. It's part of a temporary exhibit of worldwide indigenous art called Abadakone (Continuous Fire). The exhibit, which had been meant to end in April, was extended into October because of the Covid closure. I did go through the exhibit after going through the permanent galleries- though at this point in the visit my batteries were low. More of this visit tomorrow, and for some time to come.


  1. Dat ziet er heel mooi indrukwekkend uit.

  2. ...I haven't visited any indoor places!

  3. A nice place, I like the sun and shadows.

  4. Hello,
    I am happy the gallery was re-opened and you were able to visit.
    Take care, enjoy your day!

  5. I look forward to more of this, but I sure like that big spider! :-)

  6. Great to see that a gallery is open again. Our history museum is just now getting the go-ahead for limited visitors.

  7. I haven't been out to anyplace like that! Looking forward to seeing more!

  8. Too bad that this is not available to all Canadians. I know that some of it travels and we get to see it.

  9. You are lucky, our art museum has not opened yet. However, I am going to visit the Heard Museum tomorrow morning. They have opened for members only.

  10. Impressive buildings and photo ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. @Agnieszka: thanks.

    @Bas: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Tom: our museums are gradually opening, with measures in place.

    @Marianne: I love this place.

    @Eileen: it did me good.

    @DJan: I agree.

    @Barbara: I'm going to another one today.

    @RedPat: hopefully soon.

    @Red: we're spoiled for national museums.

    @Sharon: it has been similar here.

    @Carol: thank you.

  12. The spider is impressive, and scary at the same time.

  13. So nice to be in the National Gallery again William ✨

  14. It's wonderful that the National Gallery is opened again. The spider is pretty impressive looking.

  15. I like that last installation you show, so colourful.

  16. I’d love to stand under that spider.

  17. A great place to explore.
    Isn't it frustrating to have batteries die?

  18. It's good that places are beginning to open.
    I enjoyed your photographs, thank you.

    All the best Jan

  19. I haven't gone to the AGO yet. And I am a member. Still a bit apprehensive.

  20. @Maywyn: I really like that spider.

    @Grace: it is always good to visit.

    @Bill: I really missed art at the height of Covid.

    @Marleen: it certainly was.

    @Marie: many people do.

  21. @Kay: it's annoying.

    @Magiceye: indeed.

    @Jeanie: yes it is.

    @Jennifer: me too.

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Catarina: it's been years since I've been in the AGO.