The National Gallery of Canada launches a satellite project in downtown Toronto
A new partnership between Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada and Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art debuted this week with the collaborative exhibition Adams/Demand/Fraser. Over the course of the three-year project, MOCCA — until now, a relatively minor institution best known for its massive ambitions — will host work from the NCG’s contemporary art collection. At a press conference announcing the initiative, NCG director Marc Mayer and MOCCA director David Liss laid out how the shared content is meant to complement the artists (and works) featured by the latter’s main programming.
“This new partnership will expand [the National Gallery’s] service to Canadians in one of Canada’s most populous cities and help broaden the conversation on contemporary art,” Mayer said.
The relationship is well begun. From now through the end of December, a newly renovated project space at MOCCA is featuring loaned work by Canadian artists Kim Adams and Geoffrey Farmer and Berlin’s Thomas Demand. Liss and NCG curator Josée Drouin-Brisebois selected the pieces — a single sculpture by Adams and large-scale photographs by Farmer and Demand that play on the temporality of sculptural media — to play off MOCCA’s current exhibition, David Hoffos: Scenes from the House Dream. (more…)