OTTAWA – The National Gallery of Canada announced Monday that entry will be free for Indigenous peoples when it reopens this week for the first time since April.
The gallery reopens on Friday with four new exhibitions and installations, including one featuring Rembrandt’s “The Blindness of Samson”, a large-scale oil on canvas from the StÃ¤del Museum in Frankfurt, and another featuring works by the Jamaican-Canadian artist Tau Lewis.
The gallery has also announced that entry for the companion of a disabled person is free. General admission for adults is $ 20.
The National Gallery of Canada said in a statement that it houses “the largest collection of contemporary Indigenous art in the world.” It also houses a collection of historical and contemporary Canadian and European art from the 14th to the 21st century.
But it’s not the first to offer free entry to indigenous peoples.
Several other major institutions have already established this practice, including the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, and the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.
COVID-19 guidelines remain in place for the National Gallery of Canada, including limiting the number of visitors to the site at one time.
The gallery has been closed three times due to restrictions related to the pandemic: from March 13 to July 17, 2020; December 21, 2020 to February 17, 2021 and again from April 2 to July 15.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 12, 2021.
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