Arguably the most beautiful structure in the nation's capital, and certainly a spectacular addition to Ottawa's ... More
National Gallery of Canada
Arguably the most beautiful structure in the nation's capital, and certainly a spectacular addition to Ottawa's skyline, the Gallery was designed by Moshe Safdie and completed in 1988. After entering the building, visitors proceed up a long, glass concourse with a vaulted ceiling that leads to the Great Hall. From the hall, visitors can access the gallery's many rooms, each based on an artistic style or period. Pieces include works by masters such as Pissarro, Gustav Klimt and Rembrandt. Admission to the permanent collection is free.
If you have only time to see two things in Ottawa, see the Parliament buildings, and the national gallery.
The architecture and space of this building is amazing. Unfortunately they won't spend the $4 million dollars a year that it needs to be fixed.
Several paintings are worth seeing, in particular, Gustav Klimt's "Hope", and a painting by Vangogh of some flowers. The gallery also features the work of the group of seven, who painted Canadian landscapes in a totally new way. Gustav Klimt's "Hope", and a painting by Vangogh of some flowers.
Every Canadian should see this gallery.
The sprawling Canadian galleries alone are worth the visit. Painting, sculpture, and decorative arts of Canada might not be well known outside of the country, but they deserve to be appreciated better - they hold their own with any other tradition of the past 400 years. NGC, as one might suppose, has among the best examples; and the presentation allows a good introduction to the fascinating history of the civilization of Canada through the visual arts. Collections from other traditions also are quite strong, and special exhibtions tend to be top-notch, although someone on the curatorial staff has become a little too enamored with postmodernism lately. Moshe Safdie's stunning building is one of those that almost overshadows the contents! Gorgeous view of the Ottawa River, and Ottawa and Gatineau skylines. Cafe is decent - have a snack outdoors during the warmer weather - and plan time for the excellent boutique. Museum is open now only five days a week, and they have begun charging admission, so not even Canada's free lunch can escape fiscal reality.
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