Once again this winter, the National Gallery of Canada
is hosting fun and entertaining activities during Winterlude 2014. From January 31 to February 17, 2014, visitors of all ages, including families, are invited to warm up inside the Gallery, visit Storytellingan installation of contemporary video-based works, watch the acclaimed video The Way Things Go and hear Canadian artist Janet Cardiff's famous and much-loved work Forty-Part Motet. Visitors can also explore the national collection by taking part in a variety of fun, family-friendly activities at Artissimo, going on a self-guided tour, or listening to one of the many digital audioguides designed to help you discover the stories behind some of the key works in the collection. The Gallery also has something special planned for Ontario Family Day on Monday, February 17. These activities are included in the Gallery admission fee. Free for children under 12.
Storytelling is the subject of a new installation of contemporary video-based works at the National Gallery. Four Canadian artistsAlthea Thauberger, Zin Taylor, Isabelle Pauwels and Corin Swornexplore literature, folktales, legends and family stories, reshaping them to present new versions. In the process, they take us to a number of faraway places: the Fassa Valley in Northern Italy; the Scottish Highlands; the Belgian-occupied Congo; and London, England. Each video is presented alongside constructed artifacts and production stills that suggest alternative ways of seeing or interpreting. On view in contemporary art galleries B102, B103, and B104.
Fischli & Weiss: The Way Things Go
The NGC presents The Way Things Go (1987). Drawing crowds wherever it is exhibited, the highly acclaimed 30-minute recording of a spectacular chain reaction of household and industrial objects was created by the Swiss artists Peter Fischli and the late David Weiss. Presented here as part of How Things Go (1985-87), a video installation acquired by the Gallery in 2009, The Way Things Go features alongside two lesser-known films by the artists that recount the often outlandish and improbable sequences of mechanical, chemical and material reactions they presented in their classic 1987 production. On view in contemporary art gallery B106.
Janet Cardiff, Forty-Part Motet
The publicly and critically acclaimed installation Forty-Part Motet will be back on display at the NGC. This brilliant sound sculpture by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff is a reworking of Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis, a 16th-century English composer. Forty separately-recorded choir voices are played back through 40 speakers positioned inside the NGCs Rideau Chapel.
Artissimo: Fun family activities
From 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Ontario Family Day, Monday, February 17, 2014, until 4:30 p.m. Join other families in making a massive fabric copy of Lawren Harriss painting North Shore, Baffin Island II, an icy masterpiece from the Gallerys Canadian collection. Families will also have great fun in getting creative and making a person, animal, building or tree to add to the giant collaborative mural A Wintry World. Add your part and join other families as you create a giant picture for the Artissimo Gallery wall. Go on an adventure with one of the Art Buddies. These soft figures are detailed replicas of people in the paintings. Its a voyage of discovery as you carry your Art Buddy through the Gallery, find the painting they live in, and learn about your Buddy and the artist behind the work. Artissimo is for children ages 3 and up, accompanied by an adult.
Not Just Another Winter Tour: A wintry journey through the collection
The self-guided tour Not Just Another Winter Tour is back and invites visitors to explore the Gallerys collection, focusing on winter landscapes, animals of the ice and snow, and other innovative works that will surprise and delight. Come discover or rediscover several works by well-known artists such as Krieghoff, Colville and Duchamp.