Ontario museums team up

National Gallery of Canada shares contemporary collection with the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in three-year deal

Thomas Demand's "Space Simulator" 2003 is on to MOCCA from the NGC

The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) in Ottawa has teamed up with the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto to produce a three-year programme of exhibitions, which will go on display in MOCCA’s newly refurbished project space.

Drawing on the NGC’s growing collection of contemporary art, the exhibitions will include displays of single works, new acquisitions as well as large-scale shows. The programme, entitled “The National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art”, kicked off in November with the exhibition “Adams/Demand/Farmer” (until 31 December), a group show of works by Berlin-based Thomas Demand and Canadian artists Geoffrey Farmer and Kim Adams.

Marc Mayer, the director of the NGC, was in Toronto in November to announce the new partnership. “Toronto is a different audience,” he said. “We serve the whole country, we’re not the National Gallery of Ottawa.” Mayer explained that he intended to broaden the horizons of the NGC and to share its extensive collection with other Canadian cities.

It is the second partnership for the NGC, which in 2009, struck up a relationship with the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, where more traditional works have been on display.

Funding for the three-year programme comes from Cineplex Media, Porter Airlines and AXA Art Insurance.

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