Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Library and Archives Canada, and Donna Livingstone, Glenbow President and CEO
Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce that portraits and artworks from its collection will be on display in Calgary as of 2018.
A partnership agreement has just been concluded with Glenbow, allowing it to present five new exhibitions—one exhibition a year—in a room at the museum specifically dedicated to treasures from the national collection.
Library and Archives Canada is home to the country’s largest collection of portraits—20,000 paintings, drawings and prints, 4 million photographs, several thousand cartoons, and 10,000 medals and philatelic records. These works from every era, some created by Canadian and international artists, and some by ordinary people, have stories for Canadians that will allow them to learn more about the people, events and objects that have shaped our country.
This collaboration with Glenbow—which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year—reflects the desire of Library and Archives Canada to increase its public visibility. The agreement is the first partnership involving the creation of designated spaces to showcase its national collection. Other similar agreements will follow.
“I am pleased that this partnership with one of Canada’s most dynamic museums will enable Canadians to discover works from our exceptional collection of documentary art. Being in the actual presence of these works evokes emotions that a digital experience can never replicate, and I am delighted that visitors to Glenbow will be able see this for themselves.”
- Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Library and Archives Canada
“The portrait collection at Library and Archives Canada offers a moving and memorable glimpse of—literally—the faces of Canada, from the famous to the unknown. We are delighted to be working with Library and Archives Canada to share these remarkable works with western Canadians.”
- Donna Livingstone, Glenbow President and CEO
Report courtesy of Glenbow Museum.
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