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IMAX Theatre

Van Gogh Takes the Capital

Vincent van Gogh, Almond Blossom, 1890, oil on canvas, 73.5 x 92 cm. Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)


From “The Starry Night” to “Sunflowers,” the artwork of Vincent van Gogh is known the world over. This May, the artist’s paintings are heading to Ottawa for the first major exhibition of his work in Canada in more than 25 years.

Vincent van Gogh, Iris, 1889, oil on thinned cardboard, mounted on canvas 62.2 x 48.3 cm. National Gallery of Canada Photo © NGC

Entitled “Van Gogh: Up Close,” this exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada offers the opportunity to see the Dutch artist’s work in person at the show’s only Canadian venue. Running from May 25 to Sept. 3, the exhibition will highlight more than 40 paintings from private and public collections around the world, as well as a selection of Japanese woodblock prints, 19th century photographs, and works on paper — many of which have rarely been shown publicly. The exhibition will delve into Van Gogh’s love of nature and his incredible talent for interpreting the world around him and creating something beautiful in response. You will see how the painter often departed from traditional painting techniques, opting instead for bright colours, modernized brushstroke, and experimentation with depth of field and focus that brought subjects into the foreground (or “up close”). The works he created before his death at just 37 years old ranged from still lifes to portraits to landscapes, and changed the course of modern painting forever.

Tickets $25; seniors: $22; students: $15; youths (12 to 19): $10. 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985.


Ottawa Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for September 16 to 18

"Of the Appearance of Bees" by Andrew Smith. Photo credit: "Involution," 2011, oil on canvas.

Friday, Sept. 16
This date night, why not grab dinner and a show? And by “show,” we mean “art exhibit.” There are lots of public and commercial galleries downtown with interesting exhibits that range from traditional to contemporary. On now at City Hall Gallery is an exhibition of abstract paintings entitled “Of the Appearance of Bees,” by Andrew Smith. Using colours and figures, these oil-on-canvas images depict the working lives of the winged insects, and you’ll be inspired to ask, “How do bees think, act, and feel?” The gallery will be buzzing with Smith’s works until Oct. 23.

Avid Potter fans probably saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2 when it debuted its epic final chapter in July. But if you want to see it with 30,000 watts of sound and a 3D screen that’s more than 16 metres tall, check it out tonight when it opens in 3D at the IMAX theatre at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. See Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson reprise their roles for the last time as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger when they head towards a showdown with Lord Voldemort.

Saturday, Sept. 17
Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch is the place to be as the leaves change colours and the air turns crisp. Today is the launch of Fall Family Fun Activities, which runs until Oct. 30. This seasonal event boasts a plethora of quirky and exciting entertainment that includes pig races on the Hugli’s speedway (seriously!), a six acre corn maze, plus pirate ship, hay, and pumpkin mazes, pumpkin cannon shows, a hay jump, and puppet shows, among other activities. In the upcoming weekends there are also giant pumpkin weigh offs (Sept. 24) and giant pumpkin boat races (Sept. 25), and other Halloween-themed events.

The West End Studio Tour, which runs Sept. 17 and 18 and 24 and 25, gets art lovers out of the gallery and into the studios and homes of some 20 artists. We recommend checking out Rob Huntley‘s landscape images (especially the aerial ones) for an interesting perspective on cityscapes and landmarks. Other artists taking place include Alice Hinther, Wendy Feldberg, Shlomo Feldberg, Deidre Hierlihy, Andrew King, Jeff Wiebe, Paul Wing, and more. (more…)