On out trip to Ottawa, on Canada Day, all the museums are free of charge. The girls and I decided to go for a quick tour of the National Gallery of Canada while my husband and son attempted to go to the Canadian War Museum.
We succeeded, they did not. We only had a limited amount of time since I was busy tweeting, instagraming, vine-ing and micro-blogging for @ChickenFarmers of Canada as their Brand Ambassador on sight!
We were intrigued by the Gallery because the glass cupolas were being repaired and instead of placing a boring old tarp over them, the cupolas are covered in a large canvas that looks like a gigantic iceberg.
Here is a pic of DD2 as a superhero, holding up the iceberg… love the idea but the photo did not turn out all that great, we still had a lot of fun.
The photo to the right is what the NGA should look like. Lots of beautiful glass that lets the natural light stream right in. But, alas, it all needs to be repaired or replaced.
We were only allowed to take pictures of certain exhibitions but we could not resist two of them: this 3 Story stack of blankets. The most notable was the Hudson’s Bay blanket at the top. My daughter’s spotted that right away.
The plywood stage below was meant to be an interactive exhibition. You could get up on stage and speak into the microphone and sing or say whatever you wanted. My eldest finally summoned the courage to go on stage and wish everyone a Happy Canada Day. So much fun!
The painting below was by far my favourite piece. Although the picture may seem like a giant graphic, it was in fact a huge painting. It spanned the better part of the room. The three of us just sat at the bench in front of this work of art and were mesmerized by the optical illusions that the patterns created. It was w.o.n.d.e.r.f.u.l. I am sorry to say I did not take a picture of the plaque for this painting so I know nothing about when it was painted or by whom. I will have to research this and find that out.
We saw the Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens exhibit. There is an impressive amount of old master paintings in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada to be able to put on this exhibit.
A small but concentrated exhibition that closely examines key works from the National collections by Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordan’s, and their collaborators. The exhibition will allow visitors to discover the artists’ creative world as it reveals the mysteries behind the objects.
We loved the entire exhibition but that review old master’s exhibit, left us no time to see what we should have seen: Canadian fine artists. I certainly regret not showing up sooner but we had such limited time. It is obvious that we will have to return again and see more of the permanent collection.
Photo Credit: from the National Gallery of Canada Website. Full credit and link is provided.
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There is not question that the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa is a must see museum. I am a fan of museums are you?
This was all part of the #CFCFamilyFun #CDNchickenLuv trip to celebrate Canada Day with the ChickenFarmers of Canada. This is not a sponsored post but a simple opinion piece on my love of visiting museums. It is written so hopefully you will go visit… enjoy the visit… if you do go, make sure to ask what the name of the large graphic painting is then leave me a note below. Happy Touring.