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Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada

March 5 – May 24, 1989
East Building, Ground Floor, Northwest

Installation view of Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 92 master drawings from the 15th to the 19th century came from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Originally proposed by former Canadian ambassador to the United States, Allan Gotlieb, this exhibition celebrated the completion of two Canadian architectural projects: the new National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the Canadian Chancery in Washington, located across the street from the National Gallery.

Organization: The National Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Canada jointly organized the exhibition, which was the first collaborative endeavor between the institutions. The drawings were selected by Mimi Cazort, curator of prints and drawings; Douglas Schoenherr, associate curator of European prints and drawings; and Rosemarie Tovell, associate curator of Canadian prints and drawings; all from the National Gallery of Canada, with Diane De Grazia, curator of Italian drawings at the National Gallery of Art. Schoenherr coordinated the exhibition in Ottawa and De Grazia was the coordinator in Washington.

Sponsor: Canada's Belzberg family supported the exhibition. First City Financial Corp., Ltd., provided additional support.

Attendance: 56,787

Catalog: Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1988.

Other Venues: Vancouver Art Gallery, September 13–October 20, 1988
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, December 15, 1988–February 12, 1989