National Gallery of Canada
Canadian and Indigenous Art Galleries

Ottawa
2017

ClientNational Gallery of Canada

LocationOttawa, Canada

Date2015 – 2017

Size4 200 m2

Budget7,4 M$ CAD

ScopeArtistic direction, museography, design

Project leaderJunia Jorgji, David Bosschaart

ArchitectMoshe Safdie

Photo creditNational Gallery of Canada, Studio Adrien Gardère

The National Gallery of Canada has appointed the Studio Adrien Gardère to undertake the most ambitious transformation of its Canadian art collection since the opening of the Moshe Safdie designed building in 1988.

 

By bringing together Indigenous and European collections for the first time, the Museum has sought to broaden its approach to Canadian history by recounting the influence that both European and Indigenous cultures have had on each other. The new halls showcase some 800 artworks from the Canadian and Indigenous collections with photographs from the MBAC and a selection of sculptures and historical artifacts by Inuit artists, mixed-raced and from the First Nations that have been given to the museum.

 

To accompany this change of historical perspective, Studio Adrien Gardère, drawing upon Moshe Safdie’s architecture and considering the works to be installed, developed a vision to expand views, passages, and sources of natural light and create a more flexible and inviting experience. Its objective is to give a new breath to the spaces, improve the experience of the visitor and create a real encounter and a real dialogue between Indigenous and Canadian collections.

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ClientNational Gallery of Canada

LocationOttawa, Canada

Date2015 – 2017

Size4 200 m2

Budget7,4 M$ CAD

ScopeArtistic direction, museography, design

Project leaderJunia Jorgji, David Bosschaart

ArchitectMoshe Safdie

Photo creditNational Gallery of Canada, Studio Adrien Gardère