Seriously just when you thought you’d seen as far as the mind (not mine) could go something tops it. Then something else jumps out and grabs your attention. Before you know it the list of weird things is longer than the list of classics.
It started off as a sedate tour thorough the National Gallery of Canada. We saw a huge display of Canadian and Indigenous art work, from Pre European settlement through to 1960’s. This included, but was by no means limited to, Tom Thomson, David Milne, Lawren Harris, Emily Carr and Cornelius Krieghoff.
That section was very interesting as well as historical so we both enjoyed it immensely. We spent a long time strolling through those sections.
Then we moved to the more contemporary sections and that’s when I may have lost it. Not sure what it was but I found it harder to connect to the subject matter. There was a huge cross selection but the only name that really popped out at me was Andy Warhol. I didn’t, on the other hand, take a picture of the Brillo cases and personally hope we didn’t spend too much money on them as it seemed quite mundane. On the other hand the following were spectacular and unique for certain.
After our lunch, which we ate very discretely as we weren’t sure we could eat inside, we hit the photographic exhibits and then went back to the European permanent display. Here we saw a Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet (which drew me in with his colours and lighting), Cézanne and many others who’s names I have forgotten. Interesting for me it was often the still life paintings that drew my eye.
Perhaps by then I was on overload because the next round of contemporary stuff really got me laughing which is doesn’t seem to be a usual activity in an art gallery but seriously pieces of wood and stuff from the ground picked up and put into a box. Or a whale skeleton made from white lawn chairs. That’s when I totally lost it and laughed out loud. Now, of course, the engineer in the crowd thought it was more interesting than the three camels.
All in all it was a full day but certainly way less physical than yesterday. It was a great way to escape a total rain day. The building is quite unique and certainly has a stellar setting.
Ps I forgot the very first photo of the day! A crazy big spider outside. Had to take a photo of it for my friend Susie Q (as Ron calls her) who is rather terrified of spiders. This one seems harmless enough!😏