Art Gallery of Alberta

Art Gallery of Alberta embarks on first-of-its-kind partnership with The National Gallery of Canada

Art Gallery of Alberta embarks on first-of-its-kind partnership with The National Gallery of Canada

New program brings nation’s collection to Albertans

December 16, 2010

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EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) announced today that it has entered into a unique three-year partnership with the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). As of January 31, 2010, visitors to the AGA will have the opportunity to enjoy an ongoing series of exhibitions featuring works drawn from NGC’s collections. The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program will be presented in devoted exhibition spaces on the main floor of the new Art Gallery of Alberta. These will range from the presentation of special single works or new acquisitions, to full exhibitions of different sizes, covering a variety of collecting areas from the past to the present. This expanded partnership model will be the first of a limited number of satellite programs available within Canada. The program will be exclusive to the AGA for the Alberta region.

This new programming initiative will build on the strong commitment of the National Gallery of Canada to sharing the national collections with Canadians. Exhibitions offered through the Gallery’s traveling exhibition program have been a mainstay of the AGA since its first exhibition in 1924. The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program demonstrates both galleries’ commitment to bringing the best of our national collections to Western Canada, featuring both Canadian and international art. Exhibition projects will be organized collaboratively.

“All of us at the National Gallery of Canada are particularly enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve Alberta directly in this way,’’ said Marc Mayer, Director, National Gallery of Canada. ‘’Heartfelt thanks and warm wishes go out to our brilliant colleagues at the Art Gallery of Alberta for their vision in inviting us into this partnership.’’
National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program will launch as part of the Grand Opening of the AGA on January 31, 2010. The first featured exhibition will be Goya: The Disasters of War and Los Caprichos, showcasing the Spanish master’s famous print suites The Disasters of War of 1810-1823 (1863 edition) and a rare bound edition of his print masterpiece, Los Caprichos, from 1797-1798 (1799 edition). The exhibition runs until May 30, 2010.

“This ground-breaking partnership will allow the AGA to bring unique exhibitions of art from around the world that have been collected with the vision of our nation’s capital art museum to Alberta”, said Catherine Crowston, AGA Deputy Director / Chief Curator.  “The first exhibition in The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program, Francisco Goya: The Disasters of War and Los Caprichos, is a great indication of the calibre of work that we will be bringing to our province in the coming years.”

The National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta program will be made possible with support from Capital Power Corporation through the Capital Powered Art initiative.

Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the new Art Gallery of Alberta will feature over 30,000 square feet of premier exhibition space and an expanded education center. Other inaugural exhibitions for the new AGA will include major works by Edgar Degas, celebrated Canadian photographers Yousuf Karsh and Edward Burtynksy and internationally renowned Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. The AGA will also feature a children’s gallery, The BMO World of Creativity and an outdoor sculptures by Albertans Peter Hide and Ken Macklin on each of the Gallery’s two terraces.

The new AGA will open with a two-day celebration starting January 31, 2010. Free tickets will be available on the AGA’s website,, starting January 18, 2010. AGA Members will receive advanced access to these tickets starting January 4, 2010.

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The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. In addition, it has pre-eminent collections of Indigenous, Western and European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, American and Asian Art as well as drawings and photography. Created in 1880, it is among the oldest of Canada’s national, cultural institutions. As part of its mandate to make Canadian art accessible across the country, the NGC has one of the largest touring exhibition programs in the world. For more information, visit

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The Art Gallery of Alberta is creating a new gallery—a “New Vision” for Alberta’s capital. After a global architectural competition, Los Angeles based Randall Stout Architects, Inc. was selected to design the new gallery. With opening exhibitions in early 2010, the new AGA will be an 85,000 square foot premier presentation venue for international and Canadian art, education and scholarship. The new AGA will be a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada in the 21st century, expressing the creative spirit of Alberta and connecting people, art and ideas.

Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the only museum in the province strictly devoted to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. Serving both the city of Edmonton and the province of Alberta, the Gallery maintains a collection of nearly 6,000 objects. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art; on building national and international curatorial partnerships for the creation of new exhibition projects; and on the development and delivery of a program of touring exhibitions that disseminate contemporary and historical art within Alberta and across Canada.

The AGA is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the generous support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The Art Gallery of Alberta is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

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