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Look ahead at the National Gallery

By John Olsthoorn on February 24, 2015

Mark your calendars. The National Gallery of Canada recently revealed what art lovers can expect to see at the gallery in 2015, from Colville to Chagall to Monet.

Here is a preview of what to expect during the year:

Tracing this Canadian artist’s entire career, the Alex Colville exhibit will include nearly one hundred paintings, some of which date from Colville’s time as a student making it the largest Colville retrospective. The exhibition, running from April 23 to September 7, 2015, will also include 150 preparatory drawings selected from the Gallery’s own collection of 3000 thousand drawings bequeathed by the artist prior to his death in 2013.

Marc Chagall’s illustrations of the romantic fable, Daphnis & Chloé, written by the Greek poet Longus in the second century A.D., will be on display from May 28 to September 13, 2015. Running concurrently with the Chagall exhibit will be the work of British prototypical modernist photographer Frederick H. Evans.

Later in the year, from October 9 to January 3, 2016, the gallery will feature drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and their contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection. Later that month, an exhibition of twelve Monets will open on October 30 (and run until February 15, 2016), exploring this painter’s innovative experiments with the bridge motif. It will feature “Le pont de bois” (1872), Monet’s early and historic masterpiece.

Apartment 613 has reviewed several of the works currently on display including Geoffrey Farmer’s Leaves of Grass and Philippa Jones’ MIRIAD Island (as part of the Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014 closing March 8)  and M.C. Escher: The Mathemagician which ends on May 3.

Exhibitions of the gallery’s permanent collections are constantly being renewed so there is always something to see and discover in between the showcase shows. Check back for reviews of this year’s “must-sees” and “not-to-be-missed” exhibits.