…the giant spider that guides the way to the entrance of the National Gallery of Canada. We had a glorious day to explore our nation’s capital, toured the Parliament Buildings, climbed the Peace Tower and witnessed noon hour yoga on the Parliament Buildings Lawn (the last yoga session for the year!).
A short break at a Byward Market cafe for cappuccino restored our energy and we ventured to the National Gallery for the afternoon.
Maman (1999, Louise Bourgeois) had impressed me when I visited the first time in 2010. Yesterday I took full advantage of the lull in tourists crowding Maman taking pictures next to a giant spider leg. As I approached the monumental spider sculpture I captured her with the National Gallery as my back drop. Next I positioned myself directly under her body and angled my camera to capture the amazing line quality against the bright blue sky. Please take note: I do not like spiders but when they are presented in sculpture form I can approach them without trepidation. This spider I don’t mind at all!
We toured the National Gallery realizing that we had missed all special exhibitions by just a few days. Many galleries were in transition with new installations in progress. None-the-less, viewing the paintings and sculptures on display including Hope I by Gustav Klimt, several Picassos, a Jackson Pollock, Mondrian, Rothko and numerous Group of Seven paintings we soon ran out of time. On the way out we bid good bye to Joe Fafard‘s Running Horses on the front lawn.
As an aside: I have to share with you that I did not enjoy the constant presence of security personnel reminding us that photography is not allowed. What a difference to Europe where flash-free photography is encouraged at all the great museums and art galleries… Instead of art images I am sharing some of the great architectural features of the building, inside and out. Enjoy!