Visiting the artistic capital of Canada
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:27
Aside from being Canada's capital city, Ottawa is also a centre of culture, arts and science for North America. Art lovers of all types and ages will have no trouble finding interesting exhibitions, galleries and museums that document some of the most impressive creations in history, all within the confines of the city's borders.
Whether it be contemporary artwork, classical sculpture or virtually any movement throughout the past several centuries, Ottawa has a variety of establishments and locales that give a unique and impressive look into art over the ages.
A home for diverse artwork
The National Gallery of Canada would be the obvious first stop for any art lover, as this establishment is home to international and domestic sculptures, paintings and more. From Asian sculptures to indigenous paintings and contemporary photography, visitors will have trouble not getting lost in this massive and gorgeous gallery.
Those planning a trip to Ottawa before the end of May should stop by to experience some of the most impressive photographs taken to document airships throughout the past several decades. This includes pictures of zeppelins and other aviation vessels. Additionally, the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts will be on display through the end of June.
Beginning at the end of April and running through the end of the fall, the gallery will have exhibitions celebrating a massive banner by Shuvinai Ashoona and John Noestheden. This piece of artwork was made as a poetic rendering of the terra and sky, and spans 50 metres long.
During that same time period, the National Gallery of Canada will display a special exhibition on indigenous art from around the world. The exhibition, titled Sakahan, or "to light a fire" in Algonquin, will include more than 100 pieces of artwork from 75 international artists.
One of the largest galleries in Canada
After a trip to the National Gallery of Canada, visitors should consider stopping by the Koyman Galleries in Ottawa. This facility is known for being one of the largest art galleries in all of Canada, and was established in 1965. Now, it is home to more than 5,000 pieces from more than 150 established and emerging artists, all from Canada.
Visitors will be treated to some of the most gorgeous paintings, photographs and other pieces of art at this gallery. Interested parties can find the massive Koyman Galleries on St. Laurent Boulevard.